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Ferguson, Charles D.

Works: 47 works in 123 publications in 2 languages and 4,199 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Other
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Nuclear energy : what everyone needs to know by Charles D Ferguson( file )
18 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 2,336 libraries worldwide
Originally perceived as a cheap and plentiful source of power, the commercial use of nuclear energy has been controversial for decades. Worries about the dangers that nuclear plants and their radioactive waste posed to nearby communities grew over time, and plant construction in the United States virtually died after the early 1980s. The 1986 disaster at Chernobyl only reinforced nuclear power's negative image. Yet in the decade prior to the Japanese nuclear crisis of 2011, sentiment about nuclear power underwent a marked change. The alarming acceleration of global warming due to the burning of fossil fuels and concern about dependence on foreign fuel has led policymakers, climate scientists, and energy experts to look once again at nuclear power as a source of energy. In this overview, the author provides an account of the key facts about nuclear energy. What is the origin of nuclear energy? What countries use commercial nuclear power, and how much electricity do they obtain from it? How can future nuclear power plants be made safer? What can countries do to protect their nuclear facilities from military attacks? How hazardous is radioactive waste? Is nuclear energy a renewable energy source? Featuring a discussion of the recent nuclear crisis in Japan and its ramifications, he addresses these questions and more
The four faces of nuclear terrorism by Charles D Ferguson( file )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,093 libraries worldwide
The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism, a new book from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, assesses the motivations and capabilities of terrorist organizations to acquire and use nuclear weapons, to fabricate and detonate crude nuclear explosives, to strike nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities, and to build and employ radiological weapons or "dirty bombs." The authors maintain that there is a greater likelihood today than at any time in the past three decades that nuclear weapons will actually be used. The authors recommend immediate steps to prevent the most catastrophic forms of nuclear terrorism and to reduce the consequences of the most likely nuclear terror attacks including: securing and reducing tactical nuclear weapons in Russia; securing, consolidating, and eliminating highly enriched uranium globally; and providing for secure storage and disposal of radioactive materials used in medicine, scientific research, and industry. The authors also stress the need to educate the public on the real risks of radiation exposure and radioactive contamination to help psychologically immunize citizens against fear of radiological attacks, which they conclude are all but inevitable in the coming years
Nuclear energy : balancing benefits and risks by Charles D Ferguson( Book )
9 editions published in 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 177 libraries worldwide
"Increased concern over energy security and global climate change has led many people to take a fresh look at the benefits and risks of nuclear power for the United States and other countries. The debate surrounding nuclear energy also intersects with critical U.S. foreign policy issues such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism. This Council Special Report, produced in partnership with Washington and Lee University and written by the Council's Fellow for Science and Technology Charles D. Ferguson, provides the factual and analytical background to inform this debate. Nuclear Energy: Balancing Benefits and Risks is a sobering and authoritative look at nuclear power. Dr. Ferguson argues that nuclear energy, despite its attributes, is unlikely to play a major role in the coming decades in strengthening energy security or in countering the harmful effects of climate change. In particular, the rapid rate of nuclear reactor expansion required to make even a modest reduction in global warming would drive up construction costs and create shortages in building materials, trained personnel, and safety controls. There are also lingering questions over nuclear waste, as well as continued political opposition to siting new plants. Nonetheless, the report points out steps the United States could take--such as imposing a fee on greenhouse gas emissions--to level the economic playing field for all energy sectors, which over the long run would encourage the construction of new nuclear reactors (if only to replace existing ones that will need to be retired) and help reduce global warming. Dr. Ferguson has written a fair and balanced report that brings the nuclear energy debate down from one of preferences and ideologies to one of reality. Nuclear Energy: Balancing Benefits and Risks is useful to anyone who wants to understand both the potential and the limits of nuclear power to enhance energy security and slow climate change."--Provided by publisher
U.S. nuclear weapons policy : confronting today's threats ( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 169 libraries worldwide
The report notes that in the near term nuclear weapons will remain a fundamental element of U.S. national security. For this reason it emphasizes the importance of maintaining a safe, secure, and reliable deterrent nuclear force and makes recommendations on this front. The report also offers measures to advance important goals such as preventing nuclear terrorism and bolstering the nuclear nonproliferation regime--Foreword
Preventing catastrophic nuclear terrorism by Charles D Ferguson( Book )
8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 155 libraries worldwide
The threat of a nuclear attack - especially a nuclear detonation - by terrorists has never been greater. The United States and the international community must do more to prevent terrorists from buying, stealing, or building nuclear weapons
U.S.-India nuclear cooperation : a strategy for moving forward by Michael A Levi( Book )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 127 libraries worldwide
This Council Special Report addresses the controversial nuclear deal between the United States and India, offering practical recommendations for promoting U.S.-India relations while strengthening nonproliferation
Commercial radioactive sources : surveying the security risks by Charles D Ferguson( file )
7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 92 libraries worldwide
Improvised nuclear devices and nuclear terrorism by Charles D Ferguson( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Terrorists seeking to unleash massive violence and destruction may climb the escalation ladder to the highest rungs: nuclear weapons. In this nightmare scenario, they may try to seize an intact nuclear weapon residing in a nuclear weapon state's arsenal. If, however, they are deterred by the security measures surrounding nuclear armaments, they may instead decide to acquire fissile material by purchase, diversion, or force for the purpose of fabricating a crude nuclear bomb, known more formally as an "improvised nuclear device" (IND). Two types of fissile material could be used for this purpose, highly enriched uranium (HEU) or plutonium, but the former would be far easier to make into a successful IND. These materials have been produced in great quantity in nuclear weapon and civilian nuclear energy programs around the world. Leaving aside material currently in nuclear weapons themselves, many hundreds of tons of fissile material are currently dispersed at hundreds of sites worldwide, where they are being processed, used, or stored, often under inadequate security arrangements. Russia alone, processes more than 34 metric tons of weapons-usable nuclear material annually. According to the conservative figures used by the International Atomic Energy Agency, only 25 kilograms of HEU or 8 kilograms of plutonium would be needed to manufacture a weapon. It is more difficult to maintain strict control over fissile materials than over nuclear weapons. Among other challenges, while the latter can be easily identified and counted, fissile materials are often handled in difficult-to-measure bulk form, introducing measurement uncertainties that can mask repeated diversions of small quantities of HEU or plutonium from process streams and storage areas. Indeed, over the past decade a number of cases have been documented involving illicit trafficking in fissile materials; no similar cases have been confirmed involving the theft of nuclear weapons. Although none of the fissile material cases involved quantities sufficient for a nuclear explosive, conceivably such transactions may have occurred without detection
Optical measurement of the rms roughness of ion-bombarded surfaces by Charles D Ferguson( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Ion implantation and related ion beam processing techniques are used to modify the surface of materials and produce certain desirable properties. However, these methods sometimes roughen the surfaces to which they are applied. If undetected, such roughness can lead to erroneous interpretation of data gathered by most standard surface analysis techniques. Many surface profilometers and scanning electron microscopes lack sufficient spatial resolution to detect fine scale roughness that can complicate the data interpretation. A simple optical instrument has been constructed to measure the root-mean-square (rms) roughness, below about 100 nm, of ion bombarded surfaces. This instrument measures the total integrated scatter (TIS) of almost normally incident laser light, which (under conditions specified by scalar scattering (theory) is simply related to the rms surface roughness. This paper describes the construction and calibration of the TIS instrument. In addition, it presents results on the rms roughness of several ion-beam-processed systems, including TiN films on Si, Cr and Cr203 films on AISI 52100 steel, ion beam mixed Mo in Al, Si(x)N(1-x) refractive layers, and GaAs/AlAs superlattices
Towards enhanced safeguards for Iran's nuclear program by Ali Vaez( file )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
Gauging U.S.-Indian strategic cooperation by Henry D Sokolski( Book )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
This volume consists of research that the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC) commissioned and vetted throughout 2006. For at least half of the chapters, authors presented versions of their work as testimony before Congressional oversight committees. No matter what one's point of view, these chapters deserve close attention since all are focused on what is needed to assure U.S.-Indian strategic cooperation succeeds. The volume offers U.S. and Indian policy and law makers a detailed checklist of things to watch, avoid, and try to achieve
The future of nuclear power in the United States by John F Ahearne( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Nuclear energy : balancing benefits and risks by Charles D Ferguson( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
U.S. spent nuclear fuel : a market-based solution ( file )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
The central planning approach to U.S. spent nuclear fuel management has been a glaring and unsuccessful exception to the trend toward a market-driven energy sector. This report envisions a market-driven approach, which would include eight components: phase out utilities' payments to the federal government for spent fuel management in favor of payments into escrow funds; reassess the radioisotope containment criteria for spent fuel repositories (i.e., the "million-year" benchmark); do not require prompt deep burial of all spent fuel; provide federal support for preparation of licenses for away-from-reactor spent fuel storage facilities; remove nontechnical restrictions on maximum volumes and site license durations for away-from-reactor spent fuel management facilities; treat all states equally in voluntary licensing processes, including Nevada; allow the private sector options to: keep spent fuel at reactor sites, ship it to another of their reactor sites in the same state, ship it to a reactor site of another company in the same state and transfer the escrow fund balance to that company; or ship it out of state. Shipments out of state could be to a spent fuel storage facility that might or might not be located at a licensed deep underground repository, to a repository for prompt emplacement, or to a reprocessing facility if one is available; and, allow states to import foreign spent fuel, to the extent consistent with U.S. nonproliferation policy and U.S. facilities' capacity to handle domestic spent nuclear fuel. Consistent with federal requirements on safety, security, and sound financial management, this approach should provide current and future generations with the flexibility needed to take advantage of technological improvements, adapt to varying levels of spent nuclear fuel, and make decisions about the fate of spent nuclear fuel decades in advance. Fundamentally, this approach would convert spent nuclear fuel from a liability to an asset
WMD Terrorism by Charles D Ferguson( Article )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Experiences of a forty-niner during thirty-four years' residence in by Charles D Ferguson( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation by Michael A Levi( file )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
This Council Special Report addresses the controversial nuclear deal between the United States and India, offering practical recommendations for promoting U.S.-India relations while strengthening nonproliferation
World's Energy Supply : What Everyone Needs to Know by José Goldemberg( file )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The topic of energy is one of the most pressing issues across the globe. In this bundle, consisting of Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know, Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know, readers will explore everything from the the basic scientific concepts of energy to questions surrounding the specific ways we obtain it
Nükleer enerji : herkesin bilmesi gerekenler by Charles D Ferguson( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in Turkish and held by 1 library worldwide
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Charles D. Ferguson US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftler und Publizist
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