Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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

Actinide Analytical Chemistry

We do analyses that range from assay of the major and minor components down to trace analysis of impurities – spanning over seven orders of magnitude of chemical analysis capability

  • Stockpile support: certification of plutonium pits

    Stockpile Support

  • Nuclear Forensics: Thermal ionization mass spectrometry and radiological research facility

    Nuclear Forensics

  • Heat sources for spacecraft

    Heat sources for spacecraft

Contact Us  

  • Group Leader
  • Craig Taylor
  • Deputy Group Leader
  • Lance Green
  • Deputy Group Leader
  • Ning Xu
  • Deputy Group Leader
  • Stephen Willson
  • Group Office
  • (505) 667-4087

The Actinide Analytical Chemistry (C-AAC) Group at the Laboratory provides expertise in chemical and radiochemical analysis of materials where actinide elements, including plutonium and uranium, make up a significant portion of the sample.

These analyses range from assay of the major and minor components down to trace analysis of impurities – spanning over seven orders of magnitude of chemical analysis capability.

In support of these capabilities, the group has the key facilities, glove boxes, hoods, analytical instrumentation, and technical expertise for safely handling and analyzing milligram to kilogram quantities of special nuclear material.

The mission of Actinide Analytical Chemistry began with the Manhattan project and continues today through maintaining a strong nuclear capability by being a recognized leader within the international nuclear community for our in-depth technical capabilities, knowledge, and the strength of our ISO 17025-accredited (pdf) quality assurance program. Additional strengths that support the nation’s nuclear chemistry capability are our role in safeguards measurements, stockpile support, threat reduction, and nuclear forensics.

Capabilities

Techniques

  • Actinide Assay
  • Trace Element Analysis
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Radiochemistry
  • X-Ray Fluorescence
  • Particle Characterization
  • Surface Characterization