Proliferation Potential of Laser Enrichment

Uranium enrichment is a key process to the production of both nuclear fuel and nuclear weapons. In 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued its first commercial license to Global Laser Enrichment (GLE) for the development of a new laser based uranium enrichment technology, known as SILEX, without any systematic study of its impact on nuclear security. The Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy (LNSP) and the Security Studies Program (SSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have undertaken an assessment of SILEX technology to provide policy makers with the information they will need to make informed decisions about its implementation. (read more...)

Faculty Lead: R. Scott Kemp

IPL Support:

  • Developing one page memos advertising the project to policy makers.
  • Travel to DC to engage policy makers in the formation of study topics.
  • Soliciting feedback directly from the public policy community.

Expanding Network:

The IPL has made the following organizations aware of the research being conducted and has solicited feedback from these organizations to help guide the direction of the research.

Faculty feedback: "The IPL has been able to bring a different set of people to the table and establish links to the policy community that will allow us to get feedback early, rather than coming in at the end with a product that does not address their concerns." - R. Scott Kemp and James Walsh.