Igor Moric is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Program on Science and Global Security (SGS) at Princeton University. Prior to joining Princeton, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the MIMAC and PandaX dark matter detectors at Tsinghua University in Beijing and SJTU in Shanghai, respectively. During his PhD at CNES and Paris Sorbonne he worked on characterization and optimization of the space atomic clock PHARAO. He also holds an advanced master in “Space Systems Engineering” from ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse.

Research Interests

Innovative approaches in both technology and policy are required to increase transparency and completeness of information on global nuclear stockpiles, facilitate effective control of fissile materials and nuclear weapons, and verifiably stop new production. My research goal is to develop new monitoring and verification technologies that can have immediate application, enable new diplomatic processes and lead to full nuclear disarmament. My current research focuses on evaluating how high-resolution and rapid revisit time commercial satellite sourced imagery can support nuclear nonproliferation and verification of compliance with treaty commitments.


Igor Moric, How commercial satellite imagery could soon make nuclear secrecy very difficult—if not impossible, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 2022.

Igor Moric, Capabilities of Commercial Satellite Earth Observation Systems and Applications for Nuclear Verification and Monitoring, Science & Global Security, 30, 2022

Y. Tao, C. Beaufort, Igor Moric, et al., Dark Matter Directionality Detection Performance of the Micromegas-based TPC-MIMAC Detector, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment Volume 1021, 1 January 2022.

Y. Tao, C. Beaufort, Igor Moric, et al., Track Length Measurement of 19F+ ions with the MIMAC Directional Dark Matter Detector Prototype, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 985, January 2021.

P. Laurent, Igor Moric, et al., Qualification and Frequency Accuracy of the Space Based Primary Frequency Standard PHARAO, Metrologia, 57 (5), September 2020.

Igor Moric and P. Laurent, Status of the flight model of the cold atoms space clock PHARAO, Conference: European Frequency and Time Forum & International Frequency Control Symposium (EFTF/IFC), 2013 

Igor Moric et al, Magnetic shielding of the cold atom space clock PHARAO, Acta Astronautica 102(4):287–294, September 2014

Igor Moric et al, Hysteresis prediction inside magnetic shields and application, The Review of scientific instruments 85(7):075117-075117-8, July 2014

Igor Moric et al, A Closer View of the Radio-FIR Correlation: Disentangling the Contributions of Star Formation and Active Galactic Nucleus Activity, The Astrophysical Journal 724(1), November 2010