Nuclear Forensics: Determining the origin of uranium ores from geochemical signatures

Research Area:

Nuclear Hazards and Risks


David Reading, University of Southampton
Partners: AWE
Funders: AWE Outreach award

The Challenge

Nuclear forensics is dedicated to the characterisation of radiological and nuclear materials out of regulatory control. Its purpose is to determine the history of such nuclear material, for example its provenance and geolocation which determines the source and route of the material.

This project aims to determine the origin of uranium ore and its concentrates. These can vary from low uranium concentrations through to "yellowcake" which contains 70-90 % uranium. Ultimately the concentrate is fabricated into a fuel for nuclear reactors.

The Solution

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