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Students use radiation detection technology at PNNL

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RICHLAND, Wash., -- Twelve graduate students from all around the country are getting hands-on experience at detecting nuclear materials at PNNL.

It's part of a two-week summer school course funded by the National Nuclear Society.

Students use the same technology that US border patrol agents have to detect 'special nuclear material' or anything that could be used to make a weapon.

A 100-gram sample of uranium was used as part of the testing.

"That's a very hard bridge to gap - getting from the laboratory and get something working in the field," says Nuclear Physicist Robert Runkle.  "So this course is really about going from an understanding on what does it take to take a technology that works well in the lab and bring it into the field."

The course was designed for students who are interested in careers with national nuclear security.