Membership in major research initiatives
NNSA Consortium on Nuclear Forensics (UF Lead): https://cnf.eng.ufl.edu/
DTRA University Research Alliance – Interaction of Ionizing Radiation with Matter (IIRM): https://www.iirm.psu.edu/
NNSA University Consortium – Monitoring Technology and Verification (MTV): https://mtv.engin.umich.edu/
Thrust Area 1: Remote sensing
- Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
- Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF)
- Laser filamentation as a tool for standoff detection of solid and aerosol materials in the environment
- Environmental sampling/signatures and observables
- Drone-based radiation detection (e.g. CZT detectors packaged and deployed on drones)
- Laser absorption spectroscopy (LAS)
- Hyperspectral imaging and spectroscopy
Thrust Area 2: Fundamental plasma physics and diagnostics
Laser-induced plasmas as surrogates for detonations
- Combustion and oxidation within laser produced plasmas
- Spatio-temporal evolution of complex mixed plasma plumes formed following laser ablation
- Signatures and observables of detonations (e.g. radio-frequency emission from detonations)
- Modeling of laser produced plasmas (collaboration with Prof. Ryan Houim in MAE)
Thrust Area 3: DATA SCIENCE
- Machine learning for signature discovery in optical and radiation detection spectra
- Automated identification and quantification of material composition and characterization
- Tagging and tracking of nuclear materials
- Domestic and international safeguards
NNSA Consortium on Nuclear Forensics (NNSA CNF)
Prof. Hartig serves as Associate Director and Thrust Area 5 Lead.
Savanah River National Laboratory
Subcontract – supporting collaborative research on nuclear forensics and detection using optical techniques.
DTRA University Research Alliance Interaction of Ionizing Radiation in Matter (DTRA IIRM)
Research area lead on survivability and detection of materials as well as co-lead on workforce development. Supports work on remote detection of nuclear materials released into the environment.
NNSA Monitoring Technology and Verification Consortium (NNSA MTV)
Supports research on wide area environmental sampling using optical techniques.
Brookhaven National Laboratories
Open Source Datasets for Nonproliferation.
DTRA Young Investigator Award
Supports research on the characterization of radio-frequency emissions from laser produced plasmas as surrogates for detonations.
NSF REU through Arkansas State University
Supports fundamental research related to laser ablation plasma morphology and chemistry.
Sandia National Laboratories
Young Faculty in Safeguards Award – supporting development of machine learning curricula and research focussed on international safeguards.