Improving the detection of clandestine nuclear weapon tests


About the research

Did you know that the earth is continuously monitored to detect clandestine nuclear weapons testing? Unfortunately, hospitals and other civilian installations throw a spanner in the works. These also emit radioactive xenon gas in very small & harmless quantities, but this turns out to be enough to disturb the detection. Christophe Gueibe (SCK-CEN - UHasselt) explores how to help solve this problem so that we can better detect clandestine nuclear weapons tests.

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Christophe Gueibe

At secondary school, Christophe Gueibe was captivated by his physics classes, even more so, when it was about nuclear, optics or electronics. It was clear for him that he would pursue further studies in physics to deepen his knowledge and understanding in these topics. He obtained a master in physics at the University of Namur, after which he started working in the nuclear field at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN). Part of his daily work there aims at improving the worldwide network of sensors looking for evidences of clandestine nuclear weapon tests. He started in 2021 a PhD at the University of Hasselt, in collaboration with the SCK CEN, on the study of new porous materials to better detect traces of nuclear weapon tests.

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