AUTHORGlaser, Alexander / von Hippel, Frank N.
TITLEThwarting Nuclear Terrorism
PERIODICAL TITLEScientific American
DATE PUBLISHED2006
VOLUME NUMBER294
ISSUE NUMBER2 (February)
PAGE NUMBERS56-63
ISSN0036-8733
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This article discusses the possibility that the highly enriched uranium (HEU) contained in nuclear research reactors could be used by terrorists to build improvised nuclear devices (IND). It raises concerns that the HEU associated with reactors located at civilian research facilities is less securely guarded than fissionable material at military installations. The authors, both nuclear physicists, describe the materials required for an uranium-235 gun-type IND and suggest measures to eliminate civilian HEU over the next few years.


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