JRC News

  1. 16 Jun 2016

    In close collaboration with the Swedish University of Chalmers, JRC scientists investigated prompt fission gamma-ray spectra from plutonium isotopes to reduce statistical uncertainties on the model parameters.

  2. 13 Jun 2016

    Scientists from the JRC and the University of Bucharest propose a new approach for modelling the local  even-odd effect based on the number of configurations in a nucleus undergoing fission.

  3. 13 Apr 2016

    Scientists at the EC-JRC-IRMM have measured the gamma-ray production cross section of the 477.6-keV transition in 7Li following inelastic neutron scattering. In the future, this can be used as a standard cross section for normalizing other measurements.

  4. 6 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists standardised the activity concentration of three fission products (129I, 151Sm, and 166mHo) potentially present in nuclear waste. This work will result in new and eventually more accurate determination of the half-lives of these three radionuclides.

  5. 4 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists organised an inter-laboratory comparison study to assess the measurement performance of EU monitoring laboratories. For this purpose, air filters were spiked with  137Cs. The results revealed that EU Member States improved their performance since the last exercise organised in 2003.

  6. 1 Apr 2016

    On Sunday 27 March 2016, the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) gave its 2016 Award for Distinguished Technology to the Nuclear Resonance Densitometry (NRD) collaboration team composed of scientists from the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) at the Tohoku University as part of the annual AESJ meeting.

  7. 31 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists carried out the methodology, preparation, target characteristics and certification of the first uranium reference materials certified for their production date.

  8. 29 Mar 2016

    The investigation of fission fragment properties as a function of nuclear temperature shows that fragment mass and total kinetic energy depend on the angle relative to the incident neutron vector. This might be interpreted as the first experimental evidence for a nuclear fission barrier, which is more complex than hitherto believed.

  9. 21 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists contributed to the upgrading of reference materials owned by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by providing activity concentrations of a series of radionuclides in the IAEA-275 soil reference material. This well-characterised material was then used in an inter-laboratory comparison study in 2010 organised by the JRC.

  10. 18 Mar 2016

    In collaboration with professionals from the Finish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, JRC scientists built a new conversion electron spectrometer for analysing the isotopic composition of plutonium. This novel tool set up at the JRC can be applied for better nuclear security and environmental measurements.