JRC News

  1. 17 Nov 2015

    In close collaboration with scientists from various European laboratories, JRC scientists produced better decay data of the long-lived radionuclide samarium(Sm)-151. This work contributes to an improved radiological characterisation of nuclear waste.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 14 Oct 2014

    The World Standards Day, celebrated internationally on 14 October, puts the focus on the benefits of standards and harmonised measurements for global and regional economies, as well as for societies. Around 70% of the JRC work is related in one way or another to standardisation. Our scientists provide scientific and technical support in a range of areas from environmental monitoring to critical infrastructure protection, and from food and feed safety to nuclear safety and security.

  8. 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.

  9. 2 Oct 2014

    JRC scientists co-authored a paper recently published on the objectives and work of the OECD Working Party on International Nuclear Data Evaluation Cooperation (WPEC). Effective world-wide international co-operation on nuclear data for energy applications is a distinguishing feature in this key field of JRC activity.

  10. 1 Oct 2014

    An international group of nuclear experts including JRC scientists propose criteria for the verification of large scale nuclear data. Furthermore final recommendations are given for an appropriate use of sensitive analytical methods.