Moritz Kütt 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 August 2019. He studied physics and political science. In 2016, he received his PhD in physics from TU Darmstadt, working on the role of Open Source Software for trust and transparency in nuclear arms control. Prior to his time in Hamburg, he has been multiple times at Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security. First, he was a Visiting Student Research Collaborator (2015-16), funded through an ERP stipend by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, and later as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (2017-19).

Research Profile | Current Projects

In his research, Moritz Kütt develops new approaches and innovative tools for verification of nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament agreements. These approaches and tools seek in particular to enable non-nuclear weapon states to participate effectively in such verification activities. Besides classical instruments, he studies how new technologies (e.g. Open Source Software, Virtual Reality, Robotics) can be used for existing and future verification tasks. Currently, he is working on verification options for the recently negotiated Treaty on the Prohibitions of Nuclear Weapons and possibilities for new confidence-building measures in the European arms control context.

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.