JRC News

  1. 28 Jul 2015

    An important part of safeguards inspections is physical verification measurements at nuclear facilities. In this respect, JRC-IRMM supports these measurements i.e. through reference materials.

     

  2. 20 Jul 2015

    JRC scientist Stefaan Pommé authored and co-authored 6 papers in a special issue of the journal Metrologia dealing with uncertainty in radioactivity measurements. The knowledge of uncertainty is crucial for the evaluation of the quality of measurement results.

  3. 16 Jul 2015

    The results of a recently carried out proficiency test (PT) on the analysis of trace elements in natural seawater demonstrated the challenges for laboratories because of low levels of trace elements and high salt concentration in the seawater. The use of proper standard analytical methods, such as ISO 17294-2, and sensitive techniques, notably coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was crucial to obtaining a good performance.

  4. 5 Feb 2015

    The European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) on Heavy Metals (HM) organised two proficiency tests (PTs) to assess the capability of laboratories to determine cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury and inorganic arsenic in mushrooms. Results show that arsenic and inorganic arsenic remain a challenge for a significant number of laboratories.

     

     

  5. 23 Jan 2015

    The radionuclide 209Po is the principal radiochemical tracer used worldwide to monitor polonium, an element known for its high chemical and radiological toxicity. Measurements performed in the radionuclide metrology laboratory of the JRC show that the reference value of the 209Po half-life used over the last 50 years is in error by 20%.

  6. 22 Dec 2014

    The 3rd Neutron Resonance Analysis School was hosted at the EC-JRC-IRMM in Geel, Belgium from 15 to 19 December 2014. The school was organised within the FP7 project CHANDA (Solving Challenges in Nuclear Data for the Safety of European Nuclear Facilities), and in collaboration with the University of Manchester, IAEA, OECD/NEA and CEA.

  7. 25 Nov 2014

    JRC scientists developed a formalism to propagate both the correlated and uncorrelated uncertainty components of time-of-flight cross section data generated in the Geel site linear accelerator (GELINA) hosted by the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements.
     

  8. 16 Oct 2014

    The workshop THEORY-3 was jointly organised by JRC-IRMM and the National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (NIPHNE) - Horia-Holubei, Bucharest, Romania. The workshop took place in Opatija, Croatia, on 16-18 September 2014. It is the third in a series of workshops financed within the JRC Enlargement and Integration programme.
     

  9. 8 Oct 2014

    This event, organised on 30 September and 1-2 October, 2014, provided an opportunity for experts in analytical sciences to become TrainMiC® Authorised Trainers. TrainMiC® focuses on how to interpret the metrological requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025 for chemical and bio-analytical measurements.

  10. 7 Oct 2014

    Scientists from the JRC and other European nuclear research institutions recommended an update of the prompt fission gamma-ray emission data for 241Pu and explored the possible reason for underestimation of prompt heat production.