Nuclear energy and nuclear nonproliferation would both benefit from a faster, easier way to measure what proportion of uranium atoms can split.
Using lasers to measure uranium enrichment
Nuclear nonproliferation: $25 million for new tech and developing the security workforce
Many nuclear engineers who work in national security are headed for retirement. This initiative helps make sure we don’t drop the baton.
Graphene ‘phototransistor’ for imaging, communications
New light-detecting device senses light that doesn’t hit the graphene itself.
Lasers can detect weapons-grade uranium from afar
Researchers have shown that a technique often used to identify chemicals at a distance could help sniff out illicit nuclear activities from as far as a couple miles away.