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"...Trace Analysis for national security applications..."

The Radiochemical Analysis group offers world-class radioanalytical capabilities with a staff of over 75 highly qualified individuals with extensive experience in radiochemical separations and trace mass spectrometric detection. Utilizing state-of-art facilities and instruments the Radiochemical Analysis Group provides cutting edge solutions and expertise directed toward national security missions to prevent and counter acts of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Our staff use highly developed processes, specialized methods, and state-of-the-art equipment to perform work that spans the spectrum of basic science to unique analytical services. Research areas include radiochemistry, nuclear materials chemistry and analysis, instrument development, safeguards, fate and transport, and nuclear signatures. Much of the analytical services work that is performed requires measuring radionuclides at trace levels. Using our expertise in radiochemical separations, it is possible to enhance the measurement of radionuclides by reducing the background. Combined with extensive spectroscopic measurement and instrument development, we are able to further enhance our detection capabilities to lower and lower levels of the radionuclides of interest.

Scientific Spectrum of Capability

Our staff use highly developed processes, specialized methods, and state-of-the-art equipment to perform work that spans the spectrum of basic science to unique analytical services. Much of the analytical services work that is performed requires measuring radionuclides at trace levels. Using our expertise in radiochemical separations, it is possible to enhance the measurement of radionuclides by reducing the background. Combined with extensive spectroscopic measurement and instrument development expertise in the Nuclear Materials Analysis Group, we are able to further enhance our detection capabilities to lower and lower levels of the radionuclides of interest.

Thrust areas

RA Group staff research is primarily focused in two areas:

  • Basic research leading to innovative radiochemical separations and method development as well as new instrument development.
  • Analytical services that provide state-of-the-art and one-of-a-kind results to national security clients.

Technical Thrust Areas

  • Radiochemistry
  • Trace Radiochemical Separations
  • Nuclear Signatures
  • Fate and Transport

For more information, contact at (509) 375-5925.

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