Austrian scientist prepares for entry into force of UN nuclear ban treaty

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Sofi Esterhazy, mathematician at the University of Vienna. Photo: UN News/Rocio Franco

Scientists are being trained by a UN-backed organization in methods to monitor whether or not a nuclear explosion has taken place.

The workshops have been organized by a commission known as the CTBTO which is preparing for the entry into force of a UN treaty that bans nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.

The historic treaty on banning nuclear weapons was adopted at UN Headquarters on July 7.

Prior to its adoption, Rocio Franco caught up with Sofi Esterhazy, a mathematician at the University of Vienna, at the CTBTO's Science and Technology Conference held last month in the Austrian capital.

Ms Esterhazy talks about her research in the field of resonance seismometry, which can help detect if a nuclear explosion has occurred underground.

She began by explaining how she became involved with the CBTBO's work.

Duration: 2'58"

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