Basic research in nuclear physics and nuclear data standards
Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements
Acronym: ND Stds
This project is devoted to the study of neutron data standards and reaction theory and produces and improves neutron data for applications. The work programme follows the most urgent demands in close co-operation with international committees. JRC-IRMM participates in the Nuclear Science Committee of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Scientific Coordination Group of the Joint Evaluated Fission and Fusion file project (JEFF) of the NEA databank, as well as the OECD Working Party on Evaluation Co-operation (WPEC). JRC-IRMM is also involved in several IAEA Coordinated Research Projects (CRP) as well as in projects funded by the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC). The key activities are
- experimental and theoretical work for the understanding of the nuclear fission process
- measurements of neutron data standards
- development of improved measurement techniques using state-of-the-art digital signal processing technology
- support of external users for development of new nuclear methods for non- destructive materials analysis
These research activities are an excellent opportunity for training of young nuclear scientists in close collaboration with European Universities. Post doctoral fellows and visiting scientists from the major neutron data laboratories in the world, ensure a continuous information exchange on latest developments.
A strategy will be developed to make available to the international community nuclear data from JRC-IRMM, which are not distributed via the NEA data bank. This will be done using modern informatics tools in cooperation with JRC-IE (action 52303: CAPTURE).
The specialised facilities and its expertise enable JRC-IRMM to provide cross-section data over the complete neutron energy range from a few meV up to about 20 MeV. JRC-IRMM invests continuously in the upgrade of its accelerators and the laboratory equipment to keep them up-to-date. New developments in the use of ionisation chambers and digitisers and data acquisition systems are carried out as part of larger collaborations and will be used in measuring complex reactions needed for the development of ADS systems, transmutation scenarios and Generation IV nuclear energy systems.
Through the EUropean Facility for innovative ReActor and Transmutation neutron data (EUFRAT) (which is done in collaboration with action 51402) the successor of the very successful NUDAME project use of the neutron measurement facilities by external users is supported. JRC-IRMM also participates in the European Facilities for NUclear DAta measurements for Transmutation (EFNUDAT) integrated infrastructure initiative and has several collaboration agreements with different partners in member states.
Exploratory projects within the action aim at feasibility tests of new ideas, detectors and principles to see whether those studies can be used to bring forward improvements to be used in the high-quality data measurement tasks.