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Lab's Detector May Benefit the International Atomic Energy Agency

 

Narrator: This is Science Today. A team of scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have helped develop a successful prototype of an antineutrino detector that can monitor nuclear reactors quickly and accurately over hour-to month time scales.

Bernstein: The novelty was not really at the level of building neutrino detectors ‘cause that had been done before...it was really using them in this very practical context and making them simple enough, so that they would be attractive to the International Atomic Energy Agency, who's the ultimate end user.

Narrator: Adam Bernstein, group leader of the Lab's Advanced Detector's Group says the International Atomic Energy Agency will soon meet to discuss how to incorporate this detector into their daily operations.

Bernstein: So, there's a number of things that have to be answered there. How frequently does an inspector have to be there? How much does it cost to install? What would the final footprint be? Once they get through that stage of understanding how they want to use it, then we would think about development and deployment protocol.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.