Brookhaven researchers develop counterterror technologies

September 07, 2003

NEW YORK, NY -- Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are developing counterterrorism technologies to help protect the United States from would-be terrorists wielding nuclear weapons, dirty bombs, toxic chemicals, or explosives.

"These sensor technologies give us the capability to discern and identify minute quantities of radioactive materials, and also detect chemical and biological agents and explosives," said Ralph James, Brookhaven's Associate Director for Energy, Environment, and National Security. "When deployed at the nation's ports, bridges, tunnels, and transportation hubs, these sensors can help law enforcement agencies intercept dangerous materials before they are used in a terrorist attack."

Current technologies under development include:James will discuss this work during the "Environmental Radioactivity and Low-Background Radioactivity Monitoring in Service to the Society" session on "Homeland Security/Safeguards," sponsored by the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, on Sunday, September 7, 2003, at 9:35 a.m. in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Room 1A15/1A16. This work is primarily funded by the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory

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