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Particulate Plutonium Released from the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

November 2020

A new study reveals particles that were released from nuclear plants damaged in the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami contained small amounts of radioactive plutonium.View full article

Dissolution of radioactive, cesium-rich microparticles released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in simulated lung fluid, pure-water, and seawater

October 2019

Click here to view article Abstract: To understand the chemical durability of highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles (CsMPs) released from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March...

What Really Went Wrong at WIPP: An Insider’s View of Two Accidents at the Only US Underground Nuclear Waste Repository

July 2019

Within a 10-day period in February 2014, two accidents happened at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico – the United States’ only underground repository for nuclear waste.

Anomalous behavior of nonequilibrium excitations in UO2

April 2019

Click here to view article Abstract: Ultrafast optical pump-probe studies of uranium dioxide (UO2) under pressure were performed in order to better understand the material's response to ionizing...

Probabilistic Performance Assessment vs. the Safety Case Approach

January 2019

The “safety case” approach has been developed to address the issue of evaluating the performance of a geologic repository in the face of the large uncertainty that results for evaluations that...

Evolution and Structure of the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management

December 2018

The final disposal of nuclear waste is at the interface between the technologies of the nuclear fuel cycle that produce the waste and the natural hydrologic and geochemical cycles of geologic...

Mission Impossible? Socio-technical Integration of Nuclear Waste Geological Disposal Systems

November 2018

Abstract: We present a new perspective on geological disposal systems for nuclear waste.

Questions for the presidential candidates on nuclear terrorism, proliferation, weapons policy, and energy

September 2016

Stanford expert Siegfried Hecker proposes a series of nuclear weapons and energy questions that journalists and citizens should consider asking the 2016 presidential candidates.

Le Rayonnement de la France: énergie nucléaire et identité nationale après la Seconde Guerre mondiale

April 2014

This is a French translation of The Radiance of France, by the same author (MIT Press, 2009)From MIT Press:  "In the aftermath of World War II, as France sought a distinctive role for itself in the...

For the People

January 2014

CISAC's Siegfried Hecker and Abbas Milani, founding co-director of the Iran Democracy Project here at Stanford, write in this Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists analysis that Iran must move beyond...

Nuclear denial: From Hiroshima to Fukushima

September 2013

Abstract: Governments and the nuclear power industry have a strong interest in playing down the harmful effects of radiation from atomic weapons and nuclear power plants.

Disowning Fukushima: Managing the credibility of nuclear reliability assessment in the wake of disaster

July 2013

Abstract: This paper reflects on the credibility of nuclear risk assessment in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.

Lessons Learned from “Lessons Learned”: The Evolution of Nuclear Power Safety after Accidents and Near-Accidents

June 2012

Blandford and May review the major lessons learned from nuclear power accidents, and assess the impact those lessons have had on nuclear power, specifically, which measures were put into place to...

Game Changers for Nuclear Energy

June 2011

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Where is North Korea’s Nuclear Program Heading?

April 2011

The Causes of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

March 2011

Abstract: This critical review of the new political science literature on the causes of nuclear weapons proliferation consists of four parts.

What I found in Yongbyon and Why It Matters

March 2011

Nuclear Latency and Nuclear Proliferation

July 2010

First paragraph of the book chapter: How quickly could individual governments, starting from different levels of nuclear-related expertise and technology, develop a nuclear weapon if they chose to...

North Korea's Choice: Bombs Over Electricity

July 2010

Nuclear power and nuclear weapons have a common technological foundation.

Multinational Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

April 2010

Introduction With the recent attention to new nuclear power, the challenge of managing the spread of nuclear technology has increased.

The Key Role of the Back-end in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

January 2010

This two-volume special issue of Daedalus highlights the challenges associatedwith the global expansion of nuclear power.

Despite Economic Downturn, Nuclear Energy Commerce is still Worrisome

December 2009

Article Highlights The economic crisis has quieted talk of a nuclear renaissance, but that doesn't mean the need to manage nuclear energy's potential global spread has lessened.

The Growth of Nuclear Power: Drivers & Constraints

October 2009

Many countries around the world are taking a fresh look at nuclear power.

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T Isaacs Thomas Isaacs Affiliate
Chaim Braun Chaim Braun Affiliate
Pabian, Frank Frank Pabian Affiliate
Rebecca Slayton Rebecca Slayton Affiliate
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