|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 11:00 a.m.|
|TITLE:||Evaluating System Confidence of Near-Field Antineutrino-Based Nuclear Reactor Safeguards|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Anna Erickson, Chair (Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program)
Dr.Steven Biegalski (Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program)
Dr. Nathaniel Bowden (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) relies heavily on surveying facilities and verifying inventories to ensure that special nuclear material (SNM) pathways are correct and complete. This process, conducted through on-site inspections, draws a significant amount of the limited resources from the IAEA. Through implementing near-field antineutrino detection systems, changes in reactor core composition can be continuously monitored without the need of any expensive and invasive inspection. Our confidence in such a system, however, needs to be carefully considered for the IAEA to implement antineutrino detection systems for nuclear reactor safeguards.