Use of nuclear and radiological weapons by terrorists?

The hurdles for terrorists to get a nuclear weapon are extremely high. The probability of terrorist use of such a weapon is therefore extremely low. In contrast to the nuclear weapon case there are in principle no insurmountable obstacles to the acquisition and use of radiological weapons by a well-organized terrorist group, even though such an action remains high-tech and thus very difficult.

About the authors

Christoph Wirz
Physicist

Christoph Wirz (Dr. phil. nat.) is a senior physicist in charge of nuclear issues at the Spiez Laboratory, the Swiss Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Establishment.

Emmanuel Egger
Senior Physicist

Emmanuel Egger (Dr. rer. nat.) are senior physicist in charge of nuclear issues at the Spiez Laboratory, the Swiss Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence Establishment.