Malte Göttsche is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, working in the Program on Science and Global Security. He is a fellow of the Consortium for Verification Technology and is interested in technical and policy issues of verifying future nuclear disarmament agreements. At Princeton, Malte is working on nuclear fuel cycle simulations and reactor fuel depletion calculations, warhead authentication based on nuclear measurements, and verification concepts and techniques more broadly.
Malte holds a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Hamburg, where he worked as a research assistant at the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Centre for Science and Peace Research from 2012 until 2015. Earlier, he had been a visiting scholar at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Malte is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Disarmament, Arms Control and Risk Technologies of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg.
From Fall 2017, Malte will be junior research group leader at RWTH Aachen University, running the “German Nuclear Archaeology Laboratory.” The group will develop methods and techniques to reconstruct the past fissile material production history as an approach to obtain an estimate of current fissile material stocks. Knowing the stocks will be one essential factor towards enabling irreversible nuclear disarmament. The group will be sponsored by a Freigeist Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation.
Information Barrier Experimental (IBX): Towards a Trusted Computing Platform for Nuclear Warhead Verification
Nuclear archaeology: Developing methods that help reconstruct past plutonium production
Future arms control agreements: Investigating verification concepts, identifying gaps and challenges and according requirements to develop new tools and methods
Julien de Troullioud de Lanversin, Alexander Glaser and Malte Göttsche, Toward an Open-Source Neutronics Code for Circulating-Fuel Reactors, Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, 2-6 July, 2017, Shanghai, China, accepted.
Malte Göttsche, Janet Schirm and Alexander Glaser, Low-resolution Gamma-ray Spectrometry for an Information Barrier Based on a Multi-criteria Template-Matching Approach, Nuclear Instruments and Methods A 840, 2016, pp. 139-144.
Malte Göttsche, Moritz Kütt, Götz Neuneck and Irmgard Niemeyer, Advancing Disarmament Verification Tools: A Task for Europe?, EU Non-Proliferation Papers 47, 2015.
Malte Göttsche and Gerald Kirchner, Improving Neutron Multiplicity Counting for the Spatial Dependence of Multiplication: Results for Spherical Plutonium Samples, Nuclear Instruments and Methods A 798, 2015, pp. 99-106.
Malte Göttsche and Gerald Kirchner, Measurement Techniques for Warhead Authentication with Attributes: Advantages and Limitations, Science and Global Security 22, 2014, pp. 83-110.
Malte Göttsche, S. Pomp, U. Tippawan, P. Andersson, R. Bevilacqua, J. Blomgren, C. Gustavsson, M. Österlund and V. Simutkin, C/O Kerma Coefficient Ratio for 96 MeV Neutrons Deduced from Microscopic Measurements, Radiation Measurements 45, 2010, pp. 1139-1141.
Studies and Theses
Alexander Glaser and Malte Göttsche, Fissile Material Stockpile Declarations and Cooperative Nuclear Archaeology, in: FM(C)T Meeting Series, Verifiable Declarations of Fissile Material Stocks: Challenges and Solutions, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research Resources, 2017.
Malte Göttsche, Reducing Neutron Multiplicity Counting Bias for Plutonium Warhead Authentication, Dissertation, Department of Physics, University of Hamburg, 2015.
James Fuller, John Carlson, Malte Göttsche, et al., New Tools and New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks: Verifying Baseline Declarations of Nuclear Materials and Warheads, ed. Nuclear Threat Initiative, 2014.
Malte Göttsche and Götz Neuneck, Panel Discussion: Disarmament Verification – a Dialogue on Technical and Transparency Issues, ESARDA Bulletin 50, 2013.
Malte Göttsche, Julien de Troullioud de Lanversin, Holger Tietze-Jaensch, Examining Reprocessing Waste to Help Estimate Past Plutonium Production, 58th Annual INMM Meeting, July 16-20, 2017, Indian Wells, California, United States.
Julien de Troullioud de Lanversin, Alexander Glaser and Malte Göttsche, Nuclear Archaeology for Heavy Water Reactors to Distinguish Different Plutonium and Other Isotope Production Modes, 58th Annual INMM Meeting, July 16-20, 2017, Indian Wells, California, United States.
Luke Petruzzi, Bernadette Cogswell, Alexander Glaser, Malte Göttsche, Tamara Patton and Drew Wallace, Nuclear Inspections in the Matrix: Working with Radiation Detectors in Virtual Reality, 58th Annual INMM Meeting, July 16-20, 2017, Indian Wells, California, United States.
Malte Göttsche and Baptiste Mouginot, An Integrated Nuclear Archaeology Approach to Reconstruct Fissile Material Production Histories, 39th Annual ESARDA Meeting, May 16-18, 2017, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Malte Göttsche and Alexander Glaser, Low-resolution Gamma-ray Spectrometry for an Information Barrier Based on the Template-matching Approach, 57th Annual INMM Meeting, July 24-28, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Moritz Kütt, Malte Göttsche, Neutron Multiplicity Simulations: Geant4 versus MCNPX-PoliMi, 57th Annual INMM Meeting, July 24-28, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Moritz Kütt, Malte Göttsche and Alexander Glaser, Disarmament Hacking 2.0: Toward a Trusted, Open-Hardware Computing Platform for Nuclear Warhead Verification, 57th Annual INMM Meeting, July 24-28, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Malte Göttsche and Gerald Kirchner, Neutron Multiplicity Counting for Warhead Authentication: Bias Reduction and Quantification, 37th Annual ESARDA Meeting, May 18-21, 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Malte Göttsche, Overcoming Challenges of Non-Nuclear Weapon States Involvement in Disarmament Verification, Fresh Ideas for the Future: Symposium on the NPT Nuclear Disarmament, Non-proliferation, and Energy, Symposium of the Harvard Kennedy School, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs at the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, April 28, 2105, United Nations, New York.
Malte Göttsche and Gerald Kirchner, Neutron Multiplicity Counting for Future Verification Missions: Bias when the Sample Configuration Remains Unknown, International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards Symposium, October 20-24, 2014, Vienna, Austria.
Malte Göttsche and Gerald Kirchner, MCNPX-PoliMi Simulation Capacity Using Thermal Neutron Cross-Sections to Assess the Reliability of the Neutron Multiplicity Mass Analysis Where Shielding is Unknown, 55th Annual INMM Meeting, July 20-24, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Malte Göttsche, Paolo Peerani and Gerald Kirchner, Concepts for Dismantlement Verification and Neutron Multiplicity Measurements for Plutonium Mass Attribute Determination, 35th Annual ESARDA Meeting, May 27-30, 2013, Bruges, Belgium.
Malte Göttsche and Ferenc Dalnoki-Veress, Introduction to Attributes Information Barrier for Nuclear Warhead Authentication, 33rd Annual ESARDA Meeting, May 16-20, 2011, Budapest, Hungary.
Malte Göttsche, Abrüstung statt deutscher Rufe zu eigenen Atomwaffen, Commentary, ARD Panorama, February 14, 2017 [in German].
Malte Göttsche, “Mehr Bomben, mehr Abschreckung”: Warum jede Diskussion um atomare Aufrüstung brandgefährlich ist, Op-Ed, Huffington Post Germany, February 10, 2017 [in German].
Malte Göttsche, Verification of Fissile Material Restrictions, Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 28, 2016, Washington, D.C., United States
Malte Göttsche, Measurement Techniques for Warhead Authentication with Attributes: Advantages and Limitations, China Academy of Engineering Physics, June 15, 2015, Beijing, China.