JRC News

  1. 17 Apr 2015

    To understand whether laboratories can accurately determine the date of the production of uranium, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised a proficiency test through its specific inter-laboratory comparison programme REIMEP. The outcome of this exercise confirmed the participating laboratories' capability to perform this type of measurement.

  2. 5 Mar 2015

    The JRC and the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have successfully demonstrated the principle of an innovative technique analysing particle-like debris of melted nuclear fuel.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).


  5. 26 Sep 2014

    In collaboration with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, JRC scientists have developed a method for the analysis of particle-like debris of melted nuclear fuel. This method, called Neutron Resonance Densitometry (NRD) is based on experimental techniques in use at the GELINA time-of-flight facility of the IRMM.

  6. 22 Sep 2014

    Two recent inter-laboratory comparison exercises (REIMEP-17 and NUSIMEP-8) were organised by the JRC as a tool for nuclear safeguards authorities and industry to demonstrate that they are able to fulfil their obligations under the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM).

  7. 19 Aug 2014

    The JRC has released a new report giving a comprehensive overview of its research on nuclear safety and security, including their policy background and context. The nuclear activities of the JRC are aimed at supporting the implementation of EU legislation, giving priority to the highest standards for nuclear safety and security in the Union, and internationally.

  8. 15 Jul 2014

    JRC scientists developed and published in collaboration with the UK National Physical Laboratory an uncertainty propagation formulae to be used for age dating in support of nuclear forensics. The paper which was published recently in Applied Radiation and Isotopes has become the most downloaded one of this journal in the last 90 days.

  9. 3 Jun 2013

    JAEA delegates visited the nuclear facilities of the JRC-IRMM as part of the cooperation agreement between JAEA and EURATOM in the field of nuclear safeguards.

  10. 5 Mar 2013

    JRC-IRMM develops and validates in-house, a new method for the accurate isotopic measurement of UF6.