Moritz Kütt leads the Working Group „Science and Disarmament“ and co-directs the Research and Transfer Project „Arms Control and Emerging Technologies (Phase II).“ He joined the research area "Arms Control and Emerging Technologies" at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) in 2019 and continues to closely collaborate with Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security as a Visiting Research Scholar. Since March 2023, Moritz Kütt is a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He studied physics and political science, and received his PhD in physics from TU Darmstadt in 2016.

Research Profile | Current Projects

Moritz Kütt’s research focus is the elimination of nuclear weapon programs. In his research projects, he covers aspects starting from the prevention of nuclear war and effects of nuclear weapons, over the control of nuclear weapon-related fissile material and the verification of nuclear weapon dismantlement to the mitigation of the legacy of nuclear weapons. In his work, he combines applied nuclear physics with insights from other disciplines, to achieve policy-relevant results that should particularly enable non-nuclear weapon states to participate effectively in nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament efforts. His current research projects include „The Nuclear Biscuit“, a virtual reality based study on nuclear escalation; a project to prevent cheating in nuclear warhead authentication measurements; a new, innovative way to verify the absence of fissile material using cosmic-ray induced particles (muons).  Moritz Kütt regularly publishes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, contributes an annual section to the SIPRI yearbook and is the main author of It is his long-term vision to establish a German nuclear disarmament laboratory as both a physical and intellectual space to address the global challenge of nuclear weapons.

Selected Publications

  • Lepowsky, Eric, Moritz Kütt, Soha Aslam, Henry Fetsch, Steven Snell, Alexander Glaser, Robert Goldston. 2022.
    Experimental Demonstration and Modeling of a Robotic Neutron Detector with Spectral and Directional Sensitivity for Treaty Verification.
    Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2022.167362.
  • Kütt, Moritz, Zia Mian. 2022.
    Setting the Deadline for Nuclear Weapon Removal from Host States under the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
    Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament 5 (1): 148-161. DOI: 10.1080/25751654.2022.2046405.
  • De Troullioud de Lanversin, Julien, Moritz Kütt. 2021.
    Verifying North Korea’s Plutonium Production with Nuclear Archaeology.
    Science & Global Security 29 (3): 145-166. DOI: 10.1080/08929882.2021.1999054.
  • Kütt, Moritz, Alexander Glaser. 2019.
    Vintage electronics for trusted radiation measurements and verified dismantlement of nuclear weapons.
    PLoS ONE 14 (10): e0224149. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224149.
  • Kütt, Moritz, Jens Steffek. 2015.
    Comprehensive Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: An Emerging International Norm?.
    The Nonproliferation Review 22 (3/4): 401-420. DOI: 10.1080/10736700.2016.1157246.