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  The DOE’s new surveillance diagnostic tool

 

Narrator:    This is Science Today. Earlier this year, the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration completed the installation and successful start-up of a new surveillance diagnostic tool to detect aging defects on critical components in the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile. Patrick Allen, deputy director of the Enhanced Surveillance Program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, helped design the sophisticated, CT-imaging system called CoLOSSIS.

Allen:         We have types of materials in weapons components and we use these X-rays as a non-destructive tool to look at them.

Narrator:    CoLOSSIS is housed at the DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration's plant in Texas.

Allen:        It's a really cool multi-megapixel imaging device helping these technologies, it's not just weapons components. There's a lot of things that the national labs are using, this sort of, different versions of the custom CT scanning to image for Homeland Security applications.

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