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Nuclear Engineering Mystery: Is it Seaborg's Plutonium?

Thursday, Jan 15th 2015

Prof. Eric (Rick) Norman's nuclear forensics work on a sample with a label claiming to be the "first plutonium sample large enough to be weighed" has been featured in an article in the Scientific American and in a blog post on the Physics Central Physics Buzz Blog.

The sample was found several years ago in a barrel headed for radioactive waste disposal. Phil Broughton of UC Berkeley's EHS rescued the sample, and Prof. Norman began studying it in Spring 2014.

Read the article on the Physics Buzz Blog here: http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral.com/2015/01/identifying-seaborgs-lost-plutonium.html

Read the Scientific American article here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/manhattan-project-plutonium-lost-to-obscurity-recovered-by-scientists1/

Read Prof. Norman's research findings here: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1412/1412.7590.pdf