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Nuclear Materials Science

Our multidisciplinary expertise comprises the core actinide materials science and metallurgical capability within the nuclear weapons production and surveillance communities.

Contact Us  

  • Deputy Group Leader
  • David Moore
  • Email
  • Deputy Group Leader
  • Alison Pugmire (acting)
  • Email
  • Group Office
  • (505) 667-4665
The evaluations performed by our group are essential for the nuclear weapons program as well as nuclear materials storage, forensics, and actinide fundamental science.

The evaluations performed by our group are essential for the nuclear weapons program as well as nuclear materials storage, forensics, and actinide fundamental science.

Actinide materials science in support of national security

Our mission is to provide

  • Multidisciplinary expertise in actinide materials science using a comprehensive suite of destructive and nondestructive analytical techniques within a category I nuclear facility; and
  • Characterization of new and aged pit construction materials, development of technologies for advanced actinide materials analysis, and performance of actinide materials science investigations.
Key Capabilities
  • Metallographic Sample Preparation, Imaging and Microhardness Analysis
  • Material Characterization
  • X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD)
  • Carbon Coater
  • Microprobe
  • Microscopy Preparation
  • 40MM Gun
  • Kolsky Bar Test Facility
  • Isotope Fuels Impact Tester (IFIT)
  • Load Frame
  • Profilometry
  • Ellipsometry
  • X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Auger
  • Angle-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy (ARPES)
  • Time of Flight Secondary Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS)
  • Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Gas Sampling, Gas Analysis, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry
  • Full Scale Test Facility
  • Sieverts Equilibrium System
  • Pycnometry