JRC News

  1. 17 Feb 2015

    The contribution of JRC to the development of methods for the production of covariance data and new standards for neutron induced reactions were published in Nuclear Data Sheets. The papers were presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Nuclear Data Covariances, April 28 - May 1, 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

  2. 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%.

  3. 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.

  4. 28 Nov 2014

    JRC-IRMM re-characterised and issued new certificates for the entire series of uranium hexafluoride certified reference materials (IRMM-019 to IRMM-029). These CRMs represent a unique set of reference materials to be used in process control, nuclear material accountancy and safeguards verification measurements in enrichment plants.

  5. 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.

  6. 17 Nov 2014

    JRC scientists published a report describing a novel non-destructive method for the elemental and isotopic analysis of materials and objects. In the report the basic principles of Neutron Resonance Analysis Transmission (NRTA) and Neutron Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA) are explained.

  7. 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.

  8. 13 Oct 2014

    JRC scientists propose, in collaboration with experts from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, a way forward for dating of plutonium materials, unveiling the history of their use. This contributes to deter illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.

  9. 9 Oct 2014

    In collaboration with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), JRC scientists have measured the properties of a new type of liquid scintillator. With advanced digital electronics, a detector built with this material is capable of distinguishing between neutron and gamma radiation. This enables the use of the material for detection systems against illicit trafficking of radioactive sources and nuclear material (nuclear security), and for the quantification of fissile and special nuclear material in nuclear samples and fuel assemblies (safeguards).


  10. 3 Oct 2014

    In view of improving nuclear model calculations, the influence of prompt neutron and gamma-ray emission on even-odd effects in fission has been studied by JRC scientists in collaboration with the theoretical group of the Bucharest University.