Welcome to Professor Howard Hall’s research team at the University of Tennessee…

Our research interests focus on the application of science, technology, and public policy to nuclear security needs and challenges, both in the United States and around the world.  Our specific interests include:

  • Nuclear forensics, particularly developing faster and more reliable radioanalytical processes, and developing a better understanding of the physical, chemical, and nuclear processes underlying nuclear forensics for reducing uncertainty in the interpretation of forensic data.
  • Nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry, novel separation methods, the evolution of trace material signatures, isotope production and purification research, and physical/chemical properties of isotopes.
  • Radiation detection and measurement as applied to security-relevant needs, particularly the performance of “systems of systems” against radioactive threats.
  • Nuclear security policy in the interface between technology, policy and legal frameworks, including treaty verification and arms control, counterterrorism, and nuclear nonproliferation.

We do much of our research in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Y-12 National Security Complex, which are located about twenty miles from UT.