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  • 1 Royal Military College of Canada Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kingston ON K7K 7B4 Canada
  • | 2 University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science 2000 Simcoe Street North Oshawa ON L1H 7K4 Canada
  • | 3 Defence Research and Development Canada – Valcartier Energetic Materials Section 2459 Pie-XI Blvd North Québec QC G3J 1X5 Canada
  • | 4 Defence Research and Development Canada – Valcartier Spectral and Geospatial Exploitation Section 2459 Pie-XI Blvd North Québec QC G3J 1X5 Canada
  • | 5 Defence R&D Canada – Ottawa Radiological Analysis and Defence Group 3701 Carling Avenue Ottawa ON K1A 0Z4 Canada
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Abstract  

During the past decade, interest has increased in qualifying and quantifying the threat posed to the public by the illegal use of radionuclides. In order to take investigations beyond the laboratory bench into more realistic scenarios, environmental and safety considerations dictate that these studies be performed on stable and benign surrogates. This paper discusses some of these studies, specifically the use of cerium dioxide for actinide ceramics and calcium and natural strontium ceramics for those based on 90Sr.