Nuclear Forensics: Scientific Analysis Supporting Law Enforcement and Nuclear Security Investigations

Anal Chem. 2016 Feb 2;88(3):1496-505. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02915. Epub 2016 Jan 12.


Nuclear forensic science, or "nuclear forensic", aims to answer questions about nuclear material found outside of regulatory control. In this Feature, we provide a general overview of nuclear forensics, selecting examples of key "nuclear forensic signatures" which have allowed investigators to determine the identity of unknown nuclear material in real investigations.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Forensic Sciences / methods*
  • Humans
  • Law Enforcement*
  • Radiation Monitoring*
  • Radioactive Waste / analysis*
  • Security Measures*


  • Radioactive Waste