Neutron Based Techniques for the Detection of Illicit Materials and Explosives

IAEA Second Research Co-ordination Meeting

Mumbai, India, 12-16 November 2007



The IAEA’s program on Advanced Nuclear Techniques for Detection of Landmines and Bulk Explosive Material helps Member States, in particular developing Member States, in finding proper developments and applications of these nuclear techniques through this co-ordinated research project.

The overall objectives of the Co-ordinated Research Programme (CRP) is o foster development and awareness enabling Member States to apply small neutron sources or other nuclear systems and a combination of nuclear techniques and conventional methods for the detection of bulk explosive materials.

The main objectives of this 2nd RCM were to:

  • Review mid-term achievements with special emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of each of the participants.
  • Review CRP progress made towards meeting the stated objectives.
  • Review future directions and possibilities for this CRP and beyond.
  • Preparation of a meeting report detailing the outcomes of this working group.
  • Formulate recommendations for the project participants and the IAEA.
  • If required, to make appropriate work plan modifications

The meeting took place in Mumbai (India), hosted by the Bhabha Atomic Research Center. It was attended by 18 international experts and chaired by Mr R. Lanza. The major part of the drafting of the report was done by Mr M. Bartle. The IAEA officer responsible for this document is Ms F. Mulhauser, assisted by Mr D. Kirk, of the Physics Section, Division of Physical and Chemical Sciences, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications.

The working material containts the progress reports for each member of the CRP. A copy of all presentations given during the meeting is also provided.