JRC News

  1. 22 Jun 2016

    More than 100 scientific and law enforcement experts from 37 countries and international organizations met under the auspices of the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group (ITWG) June 6-10, 2016, in Lyon, France to strengthen best practices and promote international cooperation in the field of nuclear forensics.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 11 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists produced a spiked rice material to be further developed as a reference material for radioactivity measurements. The material, spiked with 137Cs was tested for homogeneity by gamma ray spectrometry and was found to be sufficiently homogenous to be employed for future method validation.

  6. 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.

  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.