The ability to determine the time since the forming of seized nuclear material would provide crucial data to be used in its investigation. This paper examines the effects of radiolytic damage caused by the decay of uranium isotopes and assesses the potential forensic utility of examination of these damage regions for determining the time since forming of a metal sample. This paper draws parallels from studies of fission track dating in mineral samples under geologic time and proposes modifications to previously published work in the field of α-recoil track dating in order to determine the time since a metal sample was cast or formed.
Peskie, Edward T. and Hall, Howard L.
"Radiation Damage as a Possible Metal Chronometer for Pre-Detonation Nuclear Forensics,"
International Journal of Nuclear Security:
1, Article 13.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7290/V7W66HPT
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