Program summer term 2019


Monday, April 15, 2019, 4:15pm, Hörsaal 28 D 001

Malte Göttsche (RWTH Aachen University)

Nuclear weapon control

Today, there exist over 14,000 nuclear weapons, and large weapons-usable fissile material stocks allowing the production of many more. To enable international agreements on warhead and fissile material reductions, a strong verification regime is essential. This requires both policy and physics research, as new verification concepts and techniques will be required. On the one hand, radiation detection techniques suited to establish the authenticity of nuclear warheads to be dismantled must be developed. On the other hand, new concepts are required to estimate the amount of produced weapons-usable fissile materials. This is the purpose of nuclear archaeology, which attempts to reconstruct the past fissile material production using measurements in shut-down nuclear facilities and extensive simulations.

Achim Stahl