Sébastien Philippe is a doctoral student at Princeton University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. His research focuses on innovative verification approaches and technologies to support future international treaties, with a focus on nuclear arms control. Sébastien is a member of Princeton’s Nuclear Futures Laboratory and affiliated with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Since the spring of 2014, he is also editorial assistant of the peer-reviewed journal Science & Global Security. Before joining Princeton, Sébastien was a strategic research graduate fellow at the French War College (IRSEM) and a nuclear safety and security engineer for strategic nuclear forces within the French defense procurement agency (DGA). He holds a MSc from France’s National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon (2010) and a MA from Princeton University (2014).
A recent curriculum vitae is available here.
Forthcoming Publications and Working Papers
S. Philippe, “Bringing Information Credibility Back Into Transparency: The Case for a Global Monitoring System Of Green House Gas Emissions,” working paper, preprint available on ArXiv.
S. Philippe, “Energy Transition Policies in France and their impact on Electricity Generation,” working paper, preprint available online.
S. Philippe, M. Kütt , B. Barak, A. Glaser and R. J. Goldston, “Testing Strategies for the Authentication of Nuclear Weapons with High Confidence,” working paper.
B. Pelopidas and S. Philippe, “Rethinking the origins of nuclear secrecy: the wartime origins of the French Atomic Energy Commission,” working paper.
S. Philippe, “The French Naval Nuclear Reactor Program and its Conversion to Low Enriched Uranium,” working paper.
Selected Papers and Publications
PU-19. S. Philippe and F. von Hippel, The Feasibility of Ending HEU Fuel Use in the U.S. Navy,” Arms Control Today, November 2016.
PU-18.* S. Philippe, R. J. Goldston, A. Glaser and F. d’Errico, A Physical Zero-Knowledge Object-Comparison System for Nuclear Warhead Verification, Nature Communications, 7:12890 (2016).
PU-17. F. von Hippel and S. Philippe, U.S. Office of Naval Reactors outlines $1 billion R&D plan for development of LEU fuel, IPFM Blog, 14 August 2016.
PU-16. S. Philippe, M. Kütt, M. McKeown, U. Rührmair and A. Glaser, “The Application of Virtual Proofs of Reality to Nuclear Safeguards and Arms Control Verifications,” 57th Annual INMM Meeting, 24-28 July 2016, Atlanta, Georgia.
PU-15. S. Philippe, R. J. Goldston, A. Glaser and F. d’Errico, “Zero-Knowledge Differential Isotopic Comparison of Special Nuclear Materials,” 57th Annual INMM Meeting, 24-28 July 2016, Atlanta, Georgia.
PU-14. F. von Hippel and S. Philippe, A Ban on the Production OF Highly Enriched Uranium, 57th Annual INMM Meeting, 24-28 July 2016, Atlanta, Georgia.
PU-13. B. Pelopidas and S. Philippe Pour une recherche indépendante sur les armes nucléaires en France, The Conversation, 12 July 2016.
PU-12. S. Philippe, R. J. Goldston, G. Ascione, F. d’Errico, C. Gentile and A. Glaser, “Experimental Demonstration of a Physical Zero-knowledge Protocol for Nuclear Warhead Verification,” 56th Annual INMM Meeting, 12-16 July 2015, Indian Wells, California.
PU-11. S. Philippe, B. Barak and A. Glaser, “Designing Protocols for Nuclear Weapons Verification,” 56th Annual INMM Meeting, 12-16 July 2015, Indian Wells, California.
PU-10. M. Kütt , A. Glaser and S. Philippe, “Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd: Hardware and Software Challenges for Nuclear Disarmament Verification”, 56th Annual INMM Meeting, 12-16 July 2015, Indian Wells, California.
PU-09. S. Philippe, Bringing law to the sea: safeguarding the naval nuclear fuel cycle, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 4 September 2014.
PU-08. S. Philippe, All at Sea? A Safeguards Approach for the Military Naval Nuclear Fuel Cycle, 55th Annual INMM Meeting, 20-24 July 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.
PU-07. R. J. Goldston, F. d’Errico, A. di Fulvio, A. Glaser, S. Philippe and M. Walker, Zero-Knowledge Warhead Verification: System Requirements and Detector Technology, 55th Annual INMM Meeting, 20-24 July 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.
PU-06. M. Kütt , S. Philippe, B. Barak, A. Glaser and R. J. Goldston, Authenticating Nuclear Warheads With High Confidence, 55th Annual INMM Meeting, 20-24 July 2014, Atlanta, Georgia.
PU-05.* S. Philippe, Safeguarding the Military Naval Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, Vol. XLII, No.3, 2014, pp 40-52.
PU-04. S. Philippe, A. Glaser, M. Walker, B. Barak and R. J. Goldston, Resolving the Information Barrier Dilemma: Next Steps Towards Trusted Zero-Knowledge Nuclear Warhead Verification, INMM Information Analysis Technologies, Techniques and Methods for Safeguards, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Verification Conference, 12-14 May 2014, Portland, Oregon.
PU-03.* S. Philippe and A. Glaser, Nuclear Archaeology for Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, Science & Global Security, Vol. 22, Iss. 1, 2014, pp 27-49.
PU-02. B. Pelopidas and S. Philippe, Les armes nucléaires et l’illusion de la sûreté (Nuclear weapons and the illusion of safety), Mediapart, 7 January 2014.
PU-01. S. Philippe and A. Glaser, Nuclear Archaeology for Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, 54th Annual INMM Meeting, 14-18 July 2013, Palm Desert, California.
Note: Publications with number followed by “*” are peer-reviewed articles.
Selected Talks and Lectures
On-Site Inspections from a Distance: The Application of Virtual Proofs of Reality to Nuclear Safeguards And Arms Control Verification,Consortium on Verification Technology Annual Workshop, October 19, 2016
A Zero-Knowledge Comparison System for Warhead Verification, Union of Concerned Scientists Webinar, October 13, 2016.
Kilotons, Kilowatts and Kilograms: Fissile Materials Science and Policy, SEAS Grad-Postdoc Energy Meeting, Princeton University, 16 June 2016
A Physical Zero-Knowledge Shell Game, Workshop on Techniques for Protection of Imaging Information, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories, Seattle, 1 June 2016
Naval Nuclear Propulsion in France, International Panel on Fissile Materials Annual Meeting, AAAS, Washington DC, 14 March 2016
Designing Protocols for Nuclear Weapons Verication, with Malte Goettsche, Princeton Verication Workshop, Princeton University, 11 December 2015.
Zero-Knowledge Neutron Detection: First Experimental Demonstration of a Physical Zero-Knowledge Protocol, with Francesco d’Errico (Yale University),Consortium for Verication Technology Annual Meeting, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 16 October 2015
Zero-Knowledge Warhead Verification using the Template-Matching Approach, SGS (Princeton) and PVTS (Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics) Workshop on Verification Technology, Beijing, 16 June 2015.
Safeguarding the Naval Nuclear Fuel Cycle, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 6 January 2015.
Building Confidence without Sharing Secrets: The Case for Safeguards in the Naval Nuclear Fuel Cycle, New Technologies for Information Analysis to Support Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Verification, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Vienna, 12 December 2014.
Arms Control and Disarmament Verification Approaches in Military and Sensitive Environment, Science and Global Security Seminar, Princeton University, 19 November 2014.
Is There a Bomb in the Box? Nuclear Warhead Authentication and the Virtues of Knowing Nothing, 26th International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Princeton University, 28 July 2014.
Is There a Bomb in the Box? Nuclear Warhead Authentication and the Virtues of Knowing Nothing, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 21 May 2014.
The Nuclear Archaeology of Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, Princeton University Research Symposium, 20 October 2013.
The Nuclear Archaeology of Gaseous Diffusion Enrichment Plants, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Day, 13 September 2013.
Underwater Criticity: Submarine Propulsion Options and Their Consequences on the Non Proliferation Regime, 24th International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Princeton University, 6 July 2012.
A Technical Review and Capability Assessment of the Iranian Fuel Cycle, 22nd International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) Research Center, Hamburg, Germany, 10 July 2010.
The Future of Nuclear Deterrence in Europe: Solving a Square Relationship Between NATO, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and France, 21st International Summer Symposium on Science and World Affairs, Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 22 July 2009.
Teaching at Princeton
WWS 353, Science & Global Security: From Nuclear Weapons to Cyberwarfare, with Prof. Alex Glaser, Fall 2015.
MAE 354 and MAE 574, Unmaking the Bomb: The Science & Technology of Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disarmament, and Verification, with Prof. Alex Glaser, Spring 2015.
AST 309, Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion, with Prof. Robert J. Goldston, Spring 2014.
Editorial Assistant, Science & Global Security — the journal, since April 2014.
Associate, Consortium for Verification Technology, since October 2014.
Member, Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, since 2014.