The Isotopes and Radiation Division (IRD) is focused on fundamental and applied technology related to the production of isotopes, nuclear methods of analysis, and the measurement of radionuclides. Specific areas of interest to IRD members include:
- Production, characterization, and utilization of isotopes for medicine and industry,
- Nuclear methods for material characterization including ionizing radiation beam techniques and activation analysis,
- Radiometric and radiochemistry techniques for quantitative analysis, nuclear data measurements, and the study of radionuclide behavior in the environment, and
- Measurement techniques as they apply to nuclear security including treaty monitoring and verification, nuclear nonproliferation, safeguarding nuclear materials, and nuclear forensics.
IRD operates under six technical committees: Industrial Measurements and Applications, Nuclear and Atomic Analysis, Radiation Effects, Transuranics, Safeguards and Non-Proliferation, and Research Reactors. Our diverse membership is from academia, government, and industry, and consistently works to present a program interesting to all of its 929 members and 190 student members. Technical sessions are focused at all ANS National meetings, and three regularly occurring topical meetings: Isotopes for Medicine and Industry; the International Conference on Facility Operations: Safeguards Interface; and the International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry." We continually emphasize applications in nonproliferation and the development of various national and international treaties such as the Nonproliferation Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and future treaties such as the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty. In recent years, our division has increased its activities in radioanalytical chemistry techniques, methods, and technologies including reference materials, organic chemistry, separations, and tracer techniques. Many of these special techniques have been applied to industrial and biological analysis problems.