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Using neutrinos to monitor nuclear reactor operations

Published on:

2 August 2023

Primary Category:

Instrumentation and Detectors

Paper Authors:

Emma Houston,

Oluwatomi Akindele,

Marc Bergevin,

Adam Bernstein,

Steven Dazley,

Sandra Bogetic

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Key Details

Proposes using antineutrino detectors for nuclear reactor safeguards monitoring

Develops conceptual design for 5 ton antineutrino detector 20 meters underground

Shows this detector could detect a reactor shutdown within 10 days

Meets IAEA goals for false and missed alarms in shutdown detection

Suggests antineutrino monitoring could aid SMR and advanced reactor safeguards

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Using neutrinos to monitor nuclear reactor operations

This paper investigates using antineutrino detectors to monitor nuclear reactor operations for safeguards purposes. The authors develop a conceptual antineutrino detector design and analyze its ability to detect changes in reactor power levels that could indicate material diversion. They find that a detector weighing just 5 tons and buried only 20 meters underground could detect a reactor shutdown within 10 days while meeting IAEA goals for false and missed alarms.

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