JRC News

  1. 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%.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 29 Sep 2014

    Measurements on copper have been performed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the EC-JRC. The results of these experiments have led to a new evaluation on 63,65Cu in the resolved resonance region with a more precise description of the neutron induced cross section.


  8. 25 Sep 2014

    After having completed successfully a complex measurement campaign on tungsten isotopes at GELINA, JRC scientists in collaboration with experts from other international organisations achieved the second phase with the analysis of the nuclear data and the resulting resonance parameters. A performance test of these data has been done and presented.

  9. 19 Sep 2014

    An important detriment of nuclear energy is the high level nuclear waste resulting from its production. High level nuclear waste is the fraction of spent nuclear fuel that has a very high radiotoxicity requiring effective containment for over 100 thousand years to protect the environment and public health.

  10. 22 Mar 2013

    By measuring reference decay data for a suite of novel therapeutic nuclides (uranium -230, actinium-225, bismuth-213 and thorium-226) to be used in alpha-immunotherapy, the JRC has improved the accuracy of the doses received during cancer treatment.