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Spring 2015-2016
MAE 354   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Unmaking the Bomb:The Science &Technology of Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disarmament, and Verification

Alexander Glaser

This course covers the science and technology underlying existing and emerging nuclear security issues. Part I introduces the principles of nuclear fission, nuclear radiation, and nuclear weapons (and their effects). Part II develops the concepts required to model and analyze nuclear systems, including the production of fissile materials and the detection and characterization of these materials with radiation measurement techniques. Relevant applications are explored in Part III and include nuclear forensic analysis, nuclear archaeology, and nuclear warhead verification. Such case studies will also be part of the final projects.

Sample reading list:
H.A. Feiveson, A. Glaser, Z. Mian, & F. von Hippel, Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach
Samuel Glasstone and P. J. Dolan, The Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Kenton J. Moody, Ian D. Hutcheon, and Patrick M. Grant, Nuclear Forensic Analysis
James N. Constant (M. Nijhoff, The Hague, 1981), Fundamentals of Strategic Weapons Offense and Defense System
Kenneth S. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics
Glenn F. Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurement

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings, midterm paper, final project (in two-person teams)

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PHY 101 or PHY 102 or PHY 103 or PHY 104. MAE 305 or permission of instructor..

Other information:
This course is open to both undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) and graduate students. Graduate students should enroll in MAE 574 which meets together with MAE 354.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41802 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:3 Limit:30