Active Interrogation in Nuclear Security

Science, Technology and Systems

  • Igor Jovanovic
  • Anna S. Erickson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Igor Jovanovic
    Pages 1-17
  3. Mitaire Ojaruega, Anna S. Erickson
    Pages 19-29
  4. Haori Yang
    Pages 59-95
  5. Robert Garnett
    Pages 97-156
  6. Sara A. Pozzi, Anna S. Erickson, Igor Jovanovic
    Pages 157-195
  7. Mark Ellis
    Pages 197-248
  8. Miltiadis Alamaniotis
    Pages 249-278
  9. Dennis Slaughter, Anna S. Erickson, Igor Jovanovic
    Pages 279-306
  10. Shaheen Dewji, Nolan Hertel
    Pages 307-330
  11. Richard Kouzes
    Pages 331-345
  12. Igor Jovanovic
    Pages 347-350
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 351-361

About this book


This volume constitutes the state-of-the-art in active interrogation, widely recognized as indispensable methods for addressing current and future nuclear security needs.  Written by a leading group of science and technology experts, this comprehensive reference presents technologies and systems in the context of the fundamental physics challenges and practical requirements. It compares the features, limitations, technologies, and impact of passive and active measurement techniques; describes radiation sources for active interrogation including electron and ion accelerators, intense lasers, and radioisotope-based sources; and it describes radiation detectors used for active interrogation. Entire chapters are devoted to data acquisition and processing systems, modeling and simulation, data interpretation and algorithms, and a survey of working active measurement systems. Active Interrogation in Nuclear Security is structured to appeal to a range of audiences, including graduate students, active researchers in the field, and policy analysts.

  • The first book devoted entirely to active interrogation
  • Presents a focused review of the relevant physics
  • Surveys available technology
  • Analyzes scientific and technology trends  
  • Provides historical and policy context      

Igor Jovanovic is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan and has previously also taught at Penn State University and Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley and worked as physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Jovanovic has made numerous contributions to the science and technology of radiation detection, as well as the radiation sources for use in active interrogation in nuclear security. He has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in areas that include radiation detection, nuclear physics, and nuclear security. At University of Michigan Dr. Jovanovic is the director of Neutron Science Laboratory and is also associated with the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science. 

Anna Erickson is an Assistant Professor in the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program of the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Advanced Detectors Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Erickson received her PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on radiation detection for active interrogation applications. Her research interests focus on nuclear non-proliferation including antineutrino analysis and non-traditional detector design and characterization. She teaches courses in advanced experimental detection for reactor and nuclear nonproliferation applications, radiation dosimetry and fast reactor analysis.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Igor Jovanovic
    • 1
  • Anna S. Erickson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological SciencesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program, G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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