Nuclear Forensic Analysis, Second Edition

Kenton J. Moody, Patrick M. Grant, Ian D. Hutcheon

December 10, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 524 Pages - 111 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439880616 - CAT# K13789


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  • Provides a primary reference source for nuclear forensic science
  • Consolidates protocols, techniques, and current case studies
  • Uses minimal mathematical formality with limited jargon
  • Includes new case studies and more than 100 diagrams, charts, and tables


Now in its second edition, Nuclear Forensic Analysis provides a multidisciplinary reference for forensic scientists, analytical and nuclear chemists, and nuclear physicists in one convenient source. The authors focus particularly on the chemical, physical, and nuclear aspects associated with the production or interrogation of a radioactive sample. They consolidate fundamental principles of nuclear forensic analysis, all pertinent protocols and procedures, computer modeling development, interpretational insights, and attribution considerations. The principles and techniques detailed are then demonstrated and discussed in their applications to real-world investigations and casework conducted over the past several years.

Highlights of the Second Edition include:

  • A new section on sample analysis considerations and interpretation following a post-detonation nuclear forensic collection
  • New case studies, including the most wide-ranging and multidisciplinary nuclear forensic investigation conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to date
  • Expanded treatments of radiologic dispersal devices (RDDs) and statistical analysis methodologies

The material is presented with minimal mathematical formality, using consistent terminology with limited jargon, making it a reliable, accessible reference. The broad-based coverage provides important insight into the multifaceted changes facing this recently developed science.