JRC News

  1. 12 Nov 2015

    Scientists from JRC standardised, in collaboration with Swedish researchers, developed a method to measure and analyse prompt γ-ray data emitted in nuclear fission. This is an important step to improve evaluated nuclear data files needed worldwide for precise nuclear heat calculations relevant for future sustainable and essentially CO2-free energy production.

  2. 10 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with a research group from the Australian National Measurement Institute in Pymble, JRC scientists have improved the measurement of nucleic acids by using a JRC certified reference material. This is important for digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) instrument developers.

  3. 28 Oct 2015

    In close collaboration with several institutes from Member States (Belgium France, Germany) and Russia, scientists from the JRC-Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)  performed an experiment which had the aim to study neutron angular correlations in order to elucidate the neutron emission mechanisms in the fission process.

  4. 22 Oct 2015

    Scientists from the JRC contributed to a study of cross sections for neutron induced reactions with 241Am as a target nucleus. The study resulted in a new evaluation of the cross sections in the resonance region.

  5. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.



  10. 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%.