JRC News

  1. 13 Apr 2016

    Scientists at the EC-JRC-IRMM have measured the gamma-ray production cross section of the 477.6-keV transition in 7Li following inelastic neutron scattering. In the future, this can be used as a standard cross section for normalizing other measurements.

  2. 11 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists produced a spiked rice material to be further developed as a reference material for radioactivity measurements. The material, spiked with 137Cs was tested for homogeneity by gamma ray spectrometry and was found to be sufficiently homogenous to be employed for future method validation.

  3. 6 Apr 2016

    JRC scientists standardised the activity concentration of three fission products (129I, 151Sm, and 166mHo) potentially present in nuclear waste. This work will result in new and eventually more accurate determination of the half-lives of these three radionuclides.

  4. 1 Apr 2016

    The European Union and the United States of America, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), share the international responsibility to develop and promote systems and measures for the prevention of, detection of, and response to nuclear and other radioactive materials out of regulatory control.

  5. 31 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists carried out the methodology, preparation, target characteristics and certification of the first uranium reference materials certified for their production date.

  6. 29 Mar 2016

    The investigation of fission fragment properties as a function of nuclear temperature shows that fragment mass and total kinetic energy depend on the angle relative to the incident neutron vector. This might be interpreted as the first experimental evidence for a nuclear fission barrier, which is more complex than hitherto believed.

  7. 21 Mar 2016

    JRC scientists contributed to the upgrading of reference materials owned by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by providing activity concentrations of a series of radionuclides in the IAEA-275 soil reference material. This well-characterised material was then used in an inter-laboratory comparison study in 2010 organised by the JRC.

  8. 18 Mar 2016

    In collaboration with professionals from the Finish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, JRC scientists built a new conversion electron spectrometer for analysing the isotopic composition of plutonium. This novel tool set up at the JRC can be applied for better nuclear security and environmental measurements.

  9. 16 Mar 2016

    A team of JRC scientists have presented their first results in fission research, using a new double velocity-double energy spectrometer VERDI. The results of the research pave the way for their participation in international collaboration projects seen as a prelude to preparing for next generation reactors.

  10. 11 Mar 2016

    Governmental nuclear security experts, front line officers and technical support organisations took part in a nuclear security simulation exercise organised in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.