Consolidated Canadian Results to the HEU Round Robin Exercise
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADAOTTAWA (ONTARIO)
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In the framework of combating the illicit trafficking of nuclear materials and other radioactive substances, the ITWO organised an international inter-laboratory round robin dealing with a thwarted illicit trafficking incident of a high-grade sample of highly enriched uranium HEU. DRDC Ottawa coordinated Canadas response to the exercise, which included the participation of seven organisations, including this lab. The exercise involved a thorough forensic examination and analysis by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, nuclear characterisation of the material by six laboratories, and interpretation of the nuclear data for attribution of the materials origin by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Overall, the analysis was successful in identifying the material and providing a reasonable interpretation of the data. This report outlines Canadas response, the lessons learned, and the way ahead in terms of combating illicit trafficking and nuclear smuggling in Canada. A comparison of Canadas results to those of the other participating countries is also presented.
- Radiation and Nuclear Chemistry
- Sociology and Law
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
- Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products