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Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation

January 22, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - January 28, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

Jan 2014  IAP  Outline 

Reducing the Danger of Nuclear Weapons and Proliferation
J.Walsh, K. Tsipis, M.V. Hynes, and A.M. Bernstein 
Sponsors: MIT Physics Dept. and Laboratory for Nuclear Science
The plan for this course is to start with the timely issue of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, it’s possible development of a nuclear weapon, the efficacy of IAEA inspections, and the implications of the interim agreement and a possible agreement to curtail their program. This will be followed by a discussion of two ways that humans can change the climate. If nuclear war should occur, in addition to the immediate blast there are delayed effects of radiation and possibly “Nuclear Winter”. By burning fossil fuels we are experiencing the steady, more gradual increase of Global Warming.The plan for the third lecture is to present a brief introduction to the production of nuclear weapons and how this can be detected by suitable international inspection.We anticipate that the final lecture will present an outlook for the further reduction of nuclear weapons and their deployment policy, including the administration’s announced intention to reduce the role of nuclear weapons and work towards their elimination. 
There are no prerequisites. Students are welcome to participate in  any or all of these sessions. There will be time for questions and discussion
1) Jim Walsh-MIT: Is Iran Close to Making a Nuclear Weapons?, Wed. Jan 22
2) Kosta Tsipis -Brandeis, MIT:  Effects of Human activities on the Climate; Global Warming and Nuclear Winter, Thurs. Jan. 23
3) Mike Hynes-Raytheon,MIT; Nuclear Forensics: From Mutually Assured Destruction to Mutually Assured Detection, Mon. Jan 27
4) Aron Bernstein-MIT: Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation Policy Outlook, Tues. Jan. 28.
All lectures are scheduled in 26-414 from 3 to 4:30 PM
For inquiries contact A.M. Bernstein,


January 22, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
January 28, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
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