Nuclear Technology Programs
The Nuclear Technology Program (NTP) was established in 2001 and houses a multidisciplinary team with extensive expertise in:
- Accelerator Program
- Medical isotopes
- Nuclear engineering
- Nuclear forensics/security
- Nuclear safety
- Nuclear technology policy and planning
- Nuclear technology communication and outreach
- Nuclear technology independent monitoring, oversight, and emergency response
- Radioactive waste management
- Radiation detection and measurement
- Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
- X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS)
- Lead-Bismuth Circulating Loop (TC1)
The program has state-of-the-art facilities, including radiochemistry, radiation detection, transmission electron microscopy, and a host of other analytical laboratories. The program also supports two academic areas: the Ph.D. program in radiochemistry and the M.S. program in materials and nuclear engineering.
The program recently expanded by adding a new technical area, national security. Closely coupled to national security is nuclear forensics which focuses on the science of post nuclear accident analysis. The NTP is in the process of establishing an accelerator program which utilizes a UNLV/HRC-owned K-9 accelerator. The program will permit joint studies in many colleges on a wide range of experiments including new methods to produce radio-pharmaceuticals.
The research and academic activities of the program are well integrated with the UNLV campus, with about a third of the program's funding subawarded to academic departments (chemistry, physics, health physics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and electrical and computer engineering).
The mission of the NTP is to conduct research and support academic programs regarding aspects of nuclear science and technology that are of interest to the community and sponsoring organizations.