Research in nuclear material detection earns Randy Schiffer an Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award

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Randy Schiffer

Randy Schiffer (BSE EE '11), currently a master's student in electrical engineering, received an Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, Fuel Cycle Research and Development. He is one of five student winners of the national competition in the undergraduate category, as he was in his last semester of undergraduate studies at the time of the competition.

Mr. Schiffer received the award based on the paper, "A scalable FPGA-based digitizing platform for radiation data acquisition," by Randolph T. Schiffer, Marek Flaska, Prof. Sara A. Pozzi, Sean Carney, and Prof. David D. Wentzloff.

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Overall Data-Capture System

The publication presents a scalable and portable hardware/software platform for the detection and on-the-fly classification of nuclear material, including nuclear fuel. The platform includes an FPGA based digitizer with real-time pulse processing features and custom software developed for the real-time analysis of the particles emitted by nuclear materials.

Potential applications of this platform include nuclear non-proliferation, national security, and nuclear safeguards. For example, this system could be used at ports of entry to detect nuclear material as it enters and leaves the country.

Mr. Schiffer has been working with Prof. Wentzloff since 2009, and is also a member of the U-M Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Group (DNNG), directed by Prof. Sara Pozzi of the Department of Nuclear and Radiological Sciences.

June 20, 2012

Catharine June
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