EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation: New methodologies and approaches for the control of illicit production, use and trafficking of nuclear material
- Published on 21 October 2021
Safety and protection of societies, cities and infrastructures against illicit production, trafficking and use of nuclear material is a recognized priority in the international security program, with relevant ongoing R&D programs supported by significant investments by the public and private sectors. This topical issue covers the latest and advanced methodologies and approaches to tackle this problem, and aims to address the following exemplary topics:
- wearable, portable, mobile/robotics solutions
- portal detectors
- new materials for gamma/neutron discrimination (fast and thermal) and qualification of existing scintillators
- novel algorithms and approaches for isotope identification and gamma/neutron discrimination (including AI and neural network)
- solutions for systems of wearable devices and information management
- methodologies and technologies for directionality of the radiation field indoor and outdoor
- radiation field imaging techniques
- weapon verification/arms control
- advanced/novel statistical methods (e.g. applications of "zero knowledge proof")
Please note during the submission process, choose the relevant special issue under the Additional Information section when asked “Are you submitting this to a Thematic Series?”. The special issue is available as “Homeland Security - New methodologies and approaches for the control of illicit production, use and trafficking of nuclear material”.
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Submission deadline: 30 April, 2022
- Published on 30 March 2021
The revision of the SI, which took effect 2019, has been made possible due to impressive progress in metrology associated to experimental determinations of a range of fundamental natural constants. Several of the latter now have fixed values and serve as definitions of SI base units. New technological developments are, to name a few examples, the Kibble balance, frequency combs, atomic frequency standards and dielectric-constant gas thermometry.
To this topical issue, we invite original articles related to all aspects of detailed technology and implementations of SI units and the associated natural constants. The issue will serve to disseminate all such aspects of the experimental apparatuses involved that are useful for the metrological and general scientific community. This includes hardware, experimental controls, diagnostics, software and also regional implementations and techniques for international comparisons of standards.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to experimental and diagnostic aspects, measurements, methods, best practices, algorithms, calibrations, distribution and comparison of unit standards, for example for:
- the kilogram – the Planck constant
- the meter – the speed of light
- the second – frequency standards
- the ampere – the elementary charge
- the kelvin – the Boltzmann constant
- the candela – luminous standards
- the mole – the Avogadro constant
The Lead guest editor
Submission deadline: October 31st, 2021