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Course on Accelerators and neutron time-of-flight experiments

The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), located in Geel, Belgium is equipped with a unique facility, called GELINA, which is used for the measurement of high-resolution neutron cross-section data for innovative nuclear reactors (Generation IV) and for nuclear waste transmutation systems. It is a white neutron source, where the time-of-flight method is used to determine the energy of the interacting neutrons in the energy range covering 11 decades (1 meV – 20 MeV). Among the pulsed white spectrum neutron sources available in the world, GELINA is the one with the best time resolution. This facility is ideally suited for training of young students in nuclear data measurement techniques. Within the framework of BNEN and ENEN a bi-annual course on accelerators and neutron time-of-flight measurements is organised at GELINA.

The following topics are treated during this course: the importance of nuclear data for nuclear energy applications; neutron sources for nuclear data measurements; safety aspects of accelerators (shielding, access control, radiation measurement); time-of-flight techniques ; hands-on neutron transmission cross-section measurements; nuclear data analysis.

There is a training syllabus for the course.

This biannual two-day course is given by IRMM for BNEN and for ENEN members and is delivered in English. This course is part of the master-after-master academic programme in nuclear engineering organized at SCK (Belgium) and has a value of 2 ECTS. It is open to Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering students of BNEN/ENEN. If there is a need, the course can also made available to other students at the Master-after-Master level (students holding a 5 year Master degree in Engineering from a European university). The Course is cost-free

For further information: Willy MONDELAERS,