Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Threat Reduction

The threat reduction mission depends heavily on analytical chemistry.

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  • Ann Schake
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  • Alice Slemmons
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Threat reduction covers a wide range of activities

This activities include collaboration with international colleagues to detect and prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons; decommissioning of excess weapons plutonium; fabrication and certification of Certified Reference Material (CRMs).

Threat reduction and stockpile support

  • Among other scientific advances, C-AAC has demonstrated the capability to collect and analyze particulates representative of select plutonium and uranium processing operations performed at LANL. These signatures may prove useful in detecting proliferation activities aimed at acquiring and weaponizing nuclear materials.
International Collaboration

International Collaboration

Chemists at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment and at LANL share technical problem-solving and opportunities at international meetings. At left, an AWE chemist demonstrates an automated Davies Gray titration system for uranium assay determination. At right, a LANL chemist fabricates filaments for Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry.

Threat Reduction - Plutonium reference materials and NDA standards for DHS/DNDO


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