Nuclear latency - where physics affects international peace

Nuclear latency - where physics affects international peace

The SPA is very pleased to welcome Mr Matthew Machowski for the School Colloquium on Friday 14 Feb. Mr Machowski is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Visiting Fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Title: Nuclear latency - where physics affects international peace

Abstract: Physics rarely impacts international peace or the most strategic decisions of our time. Nuclear physics however, has played a major role in one of the longest political crises of the last three decades. Only last year the world was on the brink of yet another war in the Middle East - this time over Iran's developments in physics. Iran has been continuously accused of attempting to gain a nuclear weapons capability for over 30 years. This lecture discusses the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy programme since its inception in 1957, the fundamental problem of the duality of use of fissile material (peaceful vs military), the current (in)efficiency of nuclear forensics, and the latest developments concerning the interim agreement between the six world powers and Iran.

Venue and Reception :  The talk will start at 4.30 p.m in the  David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft  Building. It will be followed by drinks and snacks afterwards.

All members of SPA (faculty, students and staff)  are invited.