Presentation Title

Watching for Nuclear Proliferation with Neutrinos

Presentation Type

Poster

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Monica Gray, Physics and Engineering Science

Major

Engineering Science

Presentation Abstract

Nuclear weapons are a constant threat. They give a country the ability to wipe out entire cities and make the area unlivable. Which is why it is necessary to watch for their creation. This paper will show how nuclear weapon proliferation by states can be detected using neutrinos. Neutrinos are subatomic particles that are released from the decay of radioactive isotopes and rarely react to matter. To prove that neutrinos can do this, an experiment of the radioactive isotope cobalt-60 and a sodium-iodine scintillator, are used. During the experiment environment factors were recorded every 10 minutes and the data logger recorded neutrino count every 30 minutes. The results of the experiment will show how neutrinos coming from the isotope, show how it is decaying and even give us a base of what environmental factors may lead to change in its decay.

Location

Poster Session 2

Start Date

22-4-2021 4:30 PM

End Date

22-4-2021 6:30 PM

Disciplines

Engineering Physics

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Watching for Nuclear Proliferation with Neutrinos

Poster Session 2

Nuclear weapons are a constant threat. They give a country the ability to wipe out entire cities and make the area unlivable. Which is why it is necessary to watch for their creation. This paper will show how nuclear weapon proliferation by states can be detected using neutrinos. Neutrinos are subatomic particles that are released from the decay of radioactive isotopes and rarely react to matter. To prove that neutrinos can do this, an experiment of the radioactive isotope cobalt-60 and a sodium-iodine scintillator, are used. During the experiment environment factors were recorded every 10 minutes and the data logger recorded neutrino count every 30 minutes. The results of the experiment will show how neutrinos coming from the isotope, show how it is decaying and even give us a base of what environmental factors may lead to change in its decay.

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