Archive for August, 2009

New Nuclear Science Training Course with Nucleonica

August 17th, 2009

The 2nd Advanced Training Course on Illicit Trafficking and Radiological Consequences (ITRAC-2) with NUCLEONICA will take place in the Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe from the 4-6th November 2009. It is organized by the European Commission/ITU Germany. If you are interested in taking part in this course, please contact us as soon as possible. The course is aimed at persons who provide technical support (measurements, interpreting results, drawing conclusions, making recommendations) for the actions in response to illicit trafficking incidents and radiological events. Previous practical experience with Nucleonica would be an advantage. The course is suitable, for example, for physicists, radio-chemists, health physicists, technical experts from national law enforcement agencies and regulatory authorities, who may be involved in the assessment of such events. Completion
of this course will enhance and support nuclear related decision-making as well as provide formal academic principles in nuclear science.
What makes this course unique is the emphasis on interactive and hands-on learning through the use of Nucleonica – a suite of powerful and versatile web-based applications for calculations on radio-nuclides and their radiation. With examples, exercises and dedicated case studies, a whole variety of core and topical issues in nuclear science and technology will be presented by experts in their respective fields.
The course will be held in English.
More information…

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Recent Nucleonica Publications

August 14th, 2009

A Nucleonica related publication has just appeared in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics (NIMA). The article is by Andrey Berlizov and Raymond Dreher and is on a “Web-accessible g-spectrum spectrum simulator with on-line Monte Carlo for voluminous and shielded g-sources: First results of experimental validation”. Full paper…

In this work Andrey and Raymond describe the activities at the Institute for Transuranium Elements on combining two recently developed Nucleonica modules – the gamma spectrum generator and the easyMonteCarlo. More information…

A further paper on the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart has been published in the J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. Full paper…

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Nucleonica version number – what does it mean?

August 11th, 2009

The version number in Nucleonica can be found at the bottom of most pages. This is a general Microsoft notation. Typically, a version number is displayed as
“major number.minor number.private part number”
A file version number is a 64-bit number that holds the version number for a file as follows:

The first 16 bits are the FileMajorPart number. The next 16 bits are the FileMinorPart number. The third set of 16 bits are the FileBuildPart number. The last 16 bits are the FilePrivatePart number.

Currently we have Version 2.0.0010.0001. Normally we will shorten this 2.10.1.

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MARC VIII conference papers available online

August 11th, 2009

The MARC VIII papers are now available online . The eighth International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC) took place from the April 5-10, 2009 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’ii and was attended by approximately 200 participants. The objective of the MARC conferences is to promote a broad interchange of information on radioanalytical chemistry among scientists from participating countries. The entire hardcopy publication will be complete by December in three volumes of the Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry (Oct, Nov, and Dec volumes of the JRNC). A paper on Nucleonica was presented in the session “Current Status, Trends, and Needs in Radiochemical Education: Here and Abroad”.

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Giant Nuclide Chart requested for International Year of Astronomy

August 1st, 2009

We have recently received a request for a giant nuclide chart for presentation at the annual week for science popularization in France in November 2009. For more information on this event see the French press release. This chart should be presented to the public, in an exhibition dedicated to astrophysics and nucleosynthesis in the stars – 2009 being the International Year of Astronomy (it was exactly 400 hundred years ago in 1609 that Galileo first pointed his telescope to the skies. 2009 is also the anniversary of the publication of Kepler’s “Astronomia Nova” in which he corrected Copernicus’s description of the solar system and the motion of the planets ). To make matters somewhat more complicated, the chart should be in the form of a “carpet” for attaching to the floor (see example below). This “floor chart” should of course be durable to resist wear and tear due to exhibition crowds walking over it.
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Currently, the Nucleonica Team is developing such a giant multicolour version of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart. The approximate dimensions are 60 cm x 3.00 m for hanging in lectures theatres, etc. But we need to consider a version for sticking on the floor…

Giant version of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart (60cm x 3.30 m), 7th Edition, 2006, suitable for use in lecture theatres.

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