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Scientist in the Spotlight

Jul 09, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bradbury Science Museum
1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196

Event Description

A chance to visit with our scientists and learn about their work.

Nuclear forensics
If a cache of stolen or dumped nuclear material is intercepted by a law enforcement agency,  what would happen next? Christy Ruggiero, with the Lab’s Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation Division, will show some of the nuclear forensic "fingerprints" in the material that help answer what the material is, where it came from, and what it could be used for. Few people are aware that the Lab is one of the leading nuclear crime labs for the U.S. National Technical Nuclear Forensics Program—a federal interagency program focusing on preventing nuclear crimes and nuclear terrorism. Scientists at the Lab unravel the physical evidence in the nuclear material to determine exactly what the material is and what processes created it. This supports law enforcement agencies, who use this information along with other evidence to determine exactly who did it. Now you get a chance to learn about some the "fingerprints" in a nuclear material that scientists can use to match a material to a reference sample in a library of "known" materials in this  hands-on, safe activity using plastic beads as surrogate nuclear material.

Software & supercomputing

Teri Roberts was a software quality engineering and development specialist. She can help you better understand how a computer “knows” what it’s doing.