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No. 422 March 2000
The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth.--Dwight D. Eisenhower

UT-Battelle Takes the Reins

April 1, 2000, was the official start date of the UT-Battelle contract with the U. S. Department of Energy to operate Oak Ridge National Laboratory. New Laboratory Director, Bill Madia, had this to say on the occasion:

"This is an exciting day for me and the members of the UT-Battelle leadership team. We are honored to begin a partnership with the Department of Energy and the outstanding staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The partnership is one we believe will be mutually beneficial for years to come. ORNL is one of the world's finest research and development facilities. Working with you and the Department of Energy, UT-Battelle's goal will be to enhance the Lab's capabilities and improve the quality of life for its employees. The transition period served to reaffirm our belief that success will depend upon achieving simultaneous excellence in science and technology, laboratory operations and ES&H, and community service. Based upon what we learned, our agenda for ORNL will focus on four basic initiatives.

"First, we must pursue every opportunity to grow the Lab's portfolio. Second, we must broaden ORNL's partnerships and be viewed as a highly valued asset among the Lab's stakeholders. Third, we must update the facilities at ORNL if we are to continue to attract and retain world class scientists. Finally, in large and small ways we must reduce the cost of doing business within the Lab. We view each of these initiatives as priorities essential to the Lab's future."

The Radiation Safety Information Computational Center staff welcomes UT-Battelle, LLC.



Area Code Changes for RSICC

This is it. Your last chance to change the programming for your phone calls to RSICC. The area code for parts of East Tennessee changed from 423 to 865 effective November 1, 1999. April 24, 2000, is the last day on which both area codes can be used.



NRC Codes Made Available

Several U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) software packages which were transferred from the ESTSC to RSICC were incorporated into the RSICC computer code collection. Please browse the computer code abstracts available at RSICC's www site for more information on these packages.

CCC-524/IRDAM
PSR-482/REMIT 3.5



CHANGES TO THE COMPUTER CODE COLLECTION

Two changes were made to the computer code collection during the month. One new code system was added and one code system was corrected. One change resulted from a foreign contribution.

Synthesis Srl and ENEL, SpA in Milano, Italy, through the OECD NEA Data Bank, contributed this code system for best estimate coupled 3D neutronics-thermalhydraulics calculations. TRAC-PF1-EN/MOD3 is a combined computer program comprising a revised version of the TRAC-PF1 transient reactor analysis code and a specially implemented three-dimensional two-group neutron kinetics code (QUANDF). Starting from either a critical steady-state or a subcritical steady-state in a PWR plant, the code allows one to simulate the neutronic and thermal-hydraulic core transient response to reactivity accidents initiated both inside and outside the vessel.

The present version of TRAC-PF1-EN/MOD3 is intended for use on a personal computer but, with some changes, it has also been tested on a UNIX workstation (IBM Power PC-RISC system 6000/250) and on a mainframe (IBM system 9021/832). The MS Fortran Power Station Compiler version 1.0 or higher can be used under DOS 6.0 or WINDOWS 95. The Digital Visual Fortran v.5.0 was used to create an executable included in the package. The package is transmitted on CD-ROM which contains the Fortran source files and executable, code manual, and the input/output files for the three sample problems in a self-extracting, compressed DOS file. Reference: Rep. 1037/3 (February 1997). Fortran 77; PC 486 (P00477PC48600).



Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, contributed a new version of this code system for producing pointwise and multigroup neutron and photon cross sections from ENDF/B data. NJOY is a modular computer code used for converting evaluated nuclear data in the ENDF format into libraries useful for applications calculations. Because the Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF) format is used all around the world (e.g., ENDF/B-VI in the U.S., JEF-2.2 in Europe, JENDL-3.2 in Japan, BROND-2.2 in Russia) NJOY allows access to a wide variety of the most up-to-date nuclear data. NJOY99 is a cleaned up version of NJOY 97.107 that features improved consistency between different systems, more use of block structures, a consistent set of physical constants and support for the CCC-700/MCNP4C Monte Carlo Program, which will soon be released.

NJOY99 runs on many computers. Machine-specific updates are included for Cray, Sun, IBM RS/6000, SGI Origen 2000, and DEC Alpha workstations, plus Linux and DOS updates for PC. This version was tested on a Sun Ultra in 32-bit mode using f77 and f90, on a Pentium III using linux g77 and Portland Group, Inc. Fortran, on a SGI Origen 2000 using f90, and on a Pentium III under DOS with Lahey LF95 and Absoft compilers. UPD and NJOY99 executables created with the Lahey F95 v5.5d compiler under WindowsNT 4 are included in the package. All Unix systems require a Fortran compiler. The distribution includes the NJOY99 and UPD source codes, PC executables, updates, makefiles, selected ENDF/B data sets for test cases, sample problem input and output. The package is transmitted on CD-ROM in both tar and DOS formats. References: "README0" (December 31, 1999), LA-12740-M (October 1994), LA-12639-MS (ENDF 356) (March 1994), LA-12057-MS (April 1991). Fortran 90 or Fortran 77; Cray, Sun, IBM RS/6000, PC/Linux, PC/DOS (P00480/MNYCP/00).



CHANGES TO THE DATA LIBRARY COLLECTION

One new data library was added to the collection during the month.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, contributed this package to compute radiological decay and daughter ingrowth using the DLC-172/NUCDECAY data library. The utility code DecayCalc extracts the decay data from the library for radionuclide(s) specified by the user and computes the activities of radionuclides present after decay and ingrowth over a user-specified time period from 1 minute to 50 years. Decay data for any decay chain may be displayed and printed either in tabular form or graphically. Radionuclide information is available through the help system, including decay tables and graphics and dose factors. DecayCalc, in a slightly modified version, will be a part of CCC-553/Rascal V3 to be released later this year.

The unabridged data used in preparing ICRP Publication 38 are distributed in electronic form in this package. The collection consists of data on the energies and intensities of radiations emitted by the 825 radionuclides reported, although abridged, in ICRP Publication 38 plus an additional 13 radionuclides evaluated during preparation of a monograph for the Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) Committee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

DecayCalc is a Windows application that runs under Microsoft Windows 95 or 98, or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or later. The Compac Fortran 77 compiler was used to compile the code. The full source for DecayCalc is not provided but will be distributed when Rascal v3 is released.

Included are the referenced document and a CD written in Windows format which includes the data library, the installation code, and the utility code. Reference: Informal user guide (March 2000). Fortran; Pentium running Windows 95/98/NT (D00202PC58600).



Obituary

RSICC has lost many friends and colleagues within the international radiation shielding community. However, it is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our own.

Constance Marie Anthony, 72, of Oak Ridge, died Thursday, March 30, 2000, at her home. Marie began her association with RSIC (Radiation Shielding Information Center; now RSICC) in 1969 as an information specialist. She retired from the Center in 1990. In the intervening years she managed the testing and packaging of pending codes/data systems and the reproduction of the codes/data documentation.

Marie at her retirement party with, from left to right: husband, William, Henrietta Hendrickson, Robert Roussin, Marie, and her "twin sister" Carol Coker.

The following are excerpts from Marie's obituary:

Born June 25, 1927 in Nashville, she was the daughter of Albert and Emma C. Hyde Bell. She worked briefly as a teacher in Georgia before coming to Oak Ridge in the early 1950s. Prior to her work at ORNL, she taught kindergarten and third grade at the old Scarboro Elementary School and was an adult education instructor at Oak Ridge High School and ORNL. She also previously worked at ORTEC. Mrs. Anthony was a co-founder of Spurgeon Chapel AME Zion Church in Oak Ridge, where she played the piano and organ for the church choir. She is survived by two sons, Darryl Anthony and his wife, Deborah, and Michael Anthony and his wife, Melissa; a daughter, Denise Anthony; and four grandchildren. Her husband, William Bright Anthony, died Aug. 25, 1992.



CONFERENCES, COURSES, SYMPOSIA

RSICC attempts to keep its users/contributors advised of conferences, courses, and symposia in the field of radiation protection, transport, and shielding through this section of the newsletter. Should you be involved in the planning/organization of such events, feel free to send your announcements and calls for papers via email to raf@ornl.gov with "conferences" in the subject line. Please include the announcement in its native format as an attachment to the message. If the meeting is on a website, please include the url.

Every attempt is made to ensure that the links provided in the Conference and Calendar sections of this newsletter are correct and live. However, the very nature of the web creates the possibility that the links may become unavailable. In that case, please call or mail the contact provided.



PHYSOR Workshops

The following workshops which are co-sponsored by RSICC will be offered at the upcoming PHYSOR 2000 meeting, May 7-11, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

What's New With DOORS

A half-day workshop on recent advances in ORNL's discrete ordinates transport code system (DOORS) will be conducted May 7, 2000, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the PHYSOR 2000 Topical Meeting. The focus of the workshop will be on new features and capabilities that are under development, especially with respect to user interfaces and model visualization.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Introduction and Overview

  • DOORS Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Cross-Section Processing GUI
  • Parallel Processing With TORT
  • 3D First Collision Source Code (GRTUNCL3D)
  • Geometry Visualizer for TORT
  • ANISN/DORT/TORT coupling to MCNP
The workshop will be presented by research staff from the ORNL Nuclear Analysis and Shielding Section. Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Yousry Azmy (yya@ornl.gov). You can register for the workshop by making the appropriate selection on the general PHYSOR 2000 registration form. Early registration is strongly encouraged due to limited space. The latest version of DOORS can be obtained as Code Package CCC-650 from the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6362 (865-574-6176). The latest user information on DOORS is available in the DOORS Electronic Notebook.

New Capabilities in MCNP4C

A half-day workshop on recent advances in LANL's Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP) will be conducted May 11, 2000 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., in conjunction with the PHYSOR 2000 Topical Meeting. The focus of the workshop will be on new features and capabilities in the newly released version 4C.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
  • Overview of New MCNP4C Features
    • Unresolved Resonance Range Probability Table Treatment
    • ENDF/B-6.5 Sampling Schemes
    • Delayed Neutrons
    • Electron Physics Enhancements
    • PC Enhancements
    • Parallelization Enhancements
    • Other Improvements - cumulative tallies, etc.
  • Geometry: Macrobodies
    • Combinatorial-like Geometry Specification Using New Macrosurfaces: boxes, cans, and hexagonal prisms
  • Sources: Alpha Eigenvalue
  • Tallies: Enhanced Perturbations
    • Criticality and Perturbation Tallies without Corrections
  • Variance Reduction:  Superimposed Importance Meshes
    • Weight Windows and the Weight Window Generator Can Utilize either Cartesian or Cylindrical Superimposed Importance Grids to Avoid Subdividing Geometries for Variance Reduction.
Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to John S. Hendricks (mcnp@lanl.gov). For more information about MCNP and internationally offered courses, see the MCNP Homepage: http://www-xdiv.lanl.gov/XCI/PROJECTS/MCNP

Register for the workshop by making the appropriate selection on the PHYSOR 2000 Registration Form. Early registration is strongly encouraged due to limited space.

PENTRAN 3-D Parallel Sn (PSU)

A half-day workshop on recent advances, new features and capabilities of the Penn State PENTRAN multidimentional discrete ordinates program will be conducted on Friday May 12, 2000, 8:00-12:00 in conjunction with the PHYSOR 2000 Topical Meeting.

PROGRAM
   PENTRAN - 3D Parallel Sn Code System
INTRODUCTION
   - Boltzmann equation
   - Discrete Ordinates method
Sn MAJOR ISSUES
   - Numerics (quadratures, differencing, ...) 
   - Mesh generation
   - Cross section preparation
   - Input preparation
   - Sn codes
INTRODUCTION TO PENTRAN CODE
   - Introduction and features
   - Verification and validation
   - Parallel performance on different platforms
   - A sample PENTRAN input file
PENTRAN CODE SYSTEM
   - PENMSH: 3-D mesh generator
   - PENINP: Automated input preparation
   - PENTRAN: 3-D parallel Sn code
   - PENDATA/PENPRL: Post-processing
PENTRAN COMPUTER EXERCISES
   - Demonstration
   - Hands-on exercises
Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Prof. Ali. Haghighat (haghighat@psu.edu). The workshop homepage is http://www.hsact.com/physor02.htm.

Automated Variance Reduction with A3MCNP for Shielding Problems (PSU)

A half-day workshop on major issues for automating variance reduction for Monte Carlo shielding applications will be conducted on Friday May 12, 2000, 1-5 pm in conjunction with the PHYSOR 2000 Topical Meeting.

PROGRAM
INTRODUCTION
   - Monte Carlo Method
   - Tallies
   - Precision, Quality of Results (Sigma, R, FOM) 
MAJOR ISSUES
   - Importance of Variance Reduction
   - Shielding Example
CADIS METHODOLOGY
   - Importance Function
   - Source and Transport Biasing
   - Consistent Adjoint-Driven Importance Sampling
A3MCNP
   - Implementation of CADIS in MCNP
   - Automatic Sn Input Preparation (mesh, cross sections) 
   - A3MCNP Input and Procedures
BENCHMARKING OF A3MCNP
   - Verification and Validation
   - Performance for Shielding Problems
A3MCNP COMPUTER EXERCISES
   - Demonstration
   - Hands-on Exercises
Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Prof. Ali. Haghighat (haghighat@psu.edu). The workshop homepage is http://www.hsact.com/physor02.htm.

Practical MCNP for the Health /Medical Physicist & Rad Engineer

  • DATES: 15-19 May 2000 (registration deadline 1 May 2000)
  • 16-20 October 2000 (registration deadline 2 October 2000)
  • FEE: $1,700 per person (includes the MCNP code package)
  • PLACE: The Canyon School Complex, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • This course is aimed at the HP, medical physicist, and rad engineer with no prior experience with Monte Carlo techniques. The focus is almost entirely on the application of MCNP to solve a variety of practical problems in radiation shielding and dosimetry. The intent is to "jump start" the student toward using MCNP productively. Extensive interactive practice sessions are conducted on a personal computer. Topics will include overview of the MCNP code and the Monte Carlo method, basic concepts, input file preparation, geometry, source definition, standard MCNP tallies, interpretation of the output file, exposure and dose rate calculations, radiation shielding, photon skyshine, detector simulation and dosimetry.

    The course fee includes a complete MCNP code package, distributed directly from the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC). Students will also be provided with a comprehensive class manual and a diskette containing all of the practice problems. This course has been granted 32 Continuing Education Credits by the AAHP. The course is offered by the Health Physics Measurements Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and is co-sponsored by RSICC.

    Registration is available online at http://drambuie.lanl.gov/~esh4/mcnp.htm; however, to guarantee a space payment must be received prior to the registration deadline. Make checks payable to the University of California (checks must be in U.S. dollars on a U.S. bank) and mail together with name, address, and phone number to the address above. The course is offered by Group ESH-4, Health Physics Measurements, Mail Stop G761, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545 USA and is co-sponsored by RSICC.

    Inquiries regarding registration and class space availability should be made to David Seagraves, 505-667-4959, fax: 505-665-6071, e-mail: dseagraves@lanl.gov. Technical questions may also be directed to Dick Olsher, 505-667-3364, e-mail: dick@lanl.gov.



    MCNP and Visual Editor Training Course

    Upcoming 2000 dates for the MCNP and Visual Editor Training Course are:

    October 9-12 in Richland, Washington. Cost $1400

    The source code package can be obtained directly from RSICC.

    The class will combine teaching on MCNP physics, along with instructions on how to use the visual editor. Computer demonstrations and exercises will focus on creating and interrogating input files with the visual editor. Demonstrations of advanced visualization work using MCNP will also be made. The class will be taught on Pentium computers running the Linux operating system. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own input files for viewing and modifying in the visual editor. It is recommended that you have experience with MCNP before taking this class. For additional information contact Randy Schwarz, MS K8-34, P. O. Box 999, Richland, WA 99352 (509-372-4042, fax 509-372-6421, email randy.schwarz@pnl.gov, url http://www.pnl.gov/eshs/software/ved.html).



    MCNP Workshops for the Year 2000

    The following is the 2000 schedule for Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code workshops.

    Year 2000 Schedule:
    23-26 May Introductory Class USA, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    3-7 July Introductory Class University of Stuttgart, Germany
    12-15 September Introductory Class Richland, Washington
    11-15 September MCNP Topics Tokyo, Japan

    Introductory classes are for people who have little or no experience with MCNP. The classes survey the features of MCNP so the beginning user will be exposed to the capabilities of the program and will have hands-on experience at running the code to solve rudimentary problems. Course topics include basic geometry, source definitions, output (tallies) specification and interpretation, advanced geometry (repeated structures specification), variance reduction techniques, statistical analysis, criticality, plotting of geometry, tallies, and particle tracks, and neutron/photon/electron physics.

    Advanced classes are for people with MCNP experience who want to extend their knowledge and understanding. Most areas of MCNP operation will be discussed in detail, with emphasis on advanced geometry, advanced variance reduction techniques, perturbation enhancement & cumulative tallies. Time will be available to discuss approaches to specific problems of interest to students.

    NOTE: While MCNP supports a number of platforms, class computers are usually UNIX machines. Experience with UNIX will be helpful to the student but is not essential.

    Year 2000 classes will showcase the latest release of MCNP, Version 4C. Major new features that will be discussed include:

    • Macrobodies
    • Unresolved Resonance Treatment
    • Perturbation Enhancement
    • Alpha Eigenvalues
    • Cumulative Tallies

    All classes provide interactive computer learning. Time will be available to discuss individual questions and problems with MCNP experts. To Register for the LANL classes via the Internet, go to http://www.solutionsbyhqc.com/mcnpform.html or email Bill Hamilton at bill@solutionsbyhqc.com. For registration information on the European classes, contact Enrico Sartori, OECD/NEA, Sartori@nea.fr. Contact Judi Briesmeister, email jfb@lanl.gov, for the course in Japan.



    Reactor Analysis and Criticality Safety Short Courses

    The Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is offering two short courses for radiation transport specialists during Tennessee Industries Week (TIW-35), August 14-18, 2000.

    Monte Carlo Analysis is often the method of choice to solve complex problems in criticality and radiation shield design. The transport analyst must often choose between Monte Carlo and deterministic methods like discrete ordinates; or the nature of the design problem may dictate that he perform a coupled (Monte Carlo/discrete ordinates) calculation. Therefore, to use Monte Carlo and other transport methods effectively, the analyst must understand the theoretical and computational fundamentals. Rather than use an existing program, it is sometimes advantageous to create a new special-purpose Monte Carlo program. The procedures that are involved in preparing a user-written Monte Carlo program will be described in terms of the classical and conceptually simple straight-ahead, one-speed, slab transmission problem.

    Many advanced topics will be included that will permit optimum use of existing computer codes such as MCNP. Special attention will be given to the understanding of the adjoint calculation. Advantages and disadvantages of the adjoint mode versus the forward mode of analysis will be described. The full range of variance reduction techniques will be studied for both forward and adjoint calculations.

    The Monte Carlo Method offers the expectation that the true solution to the problem as modeled can be achieved. However, this may lead to a false sense of credibility, in particular when calculations are performed by relatively inexperienced users (the majority of people who use the Monte Carlo method do so only occasionally). Monte Carlo calculations are subject to major errors and/or misinterpretations because currently used statistical measures may be insufficient. Other methods for statistically characterizing Monte Carlo methods will be described.

    The relationship of the Monte Carlo method to the other transport methods such as discrete ordinates will be described, including comparisons of computational advantages and disadvantages. The MCNP computer code will be described as required to illustrate the general features of large Monte Carlo computer programs.

    Nuclear Criticality Safety Engineers, scientists, and technical managers who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of nuclear criticality safety will be interested in this intensive one-week short course. The topics covered in the course are based primarily on the experience of the six instructors which totals over 130 years of nuclear criticality safety related experience. Such a wealth of experience needs to be shared with the criticality safety community including both new professionals in the field as well as experienced professionals.

    The course topics include illustrative applications using the SCALE system developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with emphasis on the Monte Carlo code KENO Va, standards, regulations, review of accidents, hand calculation methods, subcritical limits, code validation techniques, emergency response, process upsets and recovery actions, and transient excursion modeling.

    The registration fee is $1195 per person for each course. The deadline for registration in these courses is August 1, 2000. For additional information contact Lydia Salmon, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (phone 865-974-2525; email lutne@utk.edu). If you have access to the internet, you may also register via the website at http://www.engr.utk.edu/dept/nuclear/TIW.html.



    SNA 2000

    The Fourth International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications (SNA 2000)

    September 4-7, 2000, Toranomon-Pastoral, Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, cosponsored by OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency, Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute.

    The objective of this conference is to present the newest research results in numerical simulations in a wide variety of scientific and engineering fields, and to promote and encourage the introduction of supercomputing technologies to numerical simulations. Contributions generally focus on large scale numerical simulations in application fields and supercomputing technologies. Papers on computational science and engineering simulations, whether they are small or large scale, are welcome.

    Authors interested in contributing to the SNA 2000 are invited to submit manuscripts that report new technologies and practical experience related to numerical simulations in application fields and high performance computing and communication. Topics of interest include but are not restricted to the following:

    Numerical Simulations in Application Fields

    • Reactor Engineering: Fission and fusion, Accelerator and beam, Reactor and neutron physics, Plant simulation, operation, and design.
    • Fluid Engineering: Turbulent flow, Multi-phase flow, Reactive flow, Heat transfer.
    • Structural Engineering: Thermal and structural analysis, Impact dynamics and stability, Computational fracture and damage mechanics, Fluid-structure interaction, Linear and nonlinear vibration.
    • Materials Science: Fracture, Brittle/ductile properties, Defects, Thermodynamic properties of materials.
    • Environmental Sciences: Air, marine and/or terrestrial pollution, Global climate change, Nuclear emergence response, Nuclear waste disposal.
    • Bioscience: Microdosimetry, Modeling of biological radiation effect, Dose calculation.
    • Radiation and Photon Science: Utilization of radiation fields (neutrons etc.), Laser and synchrotron radiation and their applications, Interaction of laser with matter.
    • Basic Research Fields: Computational physics and chemistry, Plasma physics, etc.

    High Performance Computing and Communication

    • High Performance Computing Infrastructure: Highly parallel algorithms, Performance and benchmarking, Distributed parallel computing systems and networking, Parallel numerical libraries, Languages for high performance computing, Visualization and graphics.
    • High Performance Computing Systems: Next generation computers, Data storage systems, Special-purpose computers.

    Hideo Kaburaki
    Center for Promotion of Computational Science and Engineering
    Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute
    Tel. +81-3-5723-2513
    Fax. +81-3-5723-2537
    e-mail: sna2000@koma.jaeri.go.jp
    http://ciscper.tokai.jaeri.go.jp/sna2k/



    MC2000

    The International Conference on Advanced Monte Carlo for Radiation Physics, Particle Transport Simulation and Applications (MC2000) will be held October 23-26, 2000, in Lisbon, Portugal. At the International Conference, "Monte Carlo 2000 - Advanced Monte Carlo for Radiation Physics, Particle Transport Simulation and Applications," all sessions will be dedicated to Monte Carlo issues. This Conference has been organized around three main categories of Monte Carlo simulations: Radiation Physics, Particle Transport Simulation and Applications involving electron-photon, neutron-gamma and hadronic codes. The following issues will be addressed:

    • Theory and methods
    • Physics and modeling issues
    • Algorithm developments
    • Computational Science
    • Basic data
    • Analysis of experiments and measurements
    • Benchmarks
    • Status of general-purpose codes
    • Tools (Graphics and Analysis)
    • Applications

    The deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2000. Inquiries regarding the conference can be addressed to: Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, MC2000 Conference Secretariat, Estrada Nacional 10, P-2686-953 Sacavem, Portugal (phone: +351-21-994 60 00 ext. 6154, fax +351-21-994 10 39, email mc2000@itn1.itn.pt, or Dr. Pedro Vaz, Technical and Scientific Program Co-ordinator at email vaz@nea.fr, url http://www.itn.pt/Meetings/MC2000/).



    Calendar

    Your attention is directed to the following events of interest.



    May 2000

    PHYSOR 2000, May 7-11, 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Reactor Physics Section of the American Nuclear Society and the ANS Pittsburgh Section. Contact: Dr. Tom Congedo (phone 412-256-1084, fax 412-256-2444, email congedtv@westinghouse.com, url http://ans-pgh.commerce.wec.com/rp2000.htm).

    Workshop on Recent Advances Doors, -day May 7, 2000, in conjunction with PHYSOR 2000, Pittsburgh. Contact: Yousry Azmy, yya@ornl.gov, url http://nas.cped.ornl.gov/doors_ws00.html. You can register for the workshop by making the appropriate selection on the general PHYSOR 2000 registration form. Early registration is strongly encouraged due to limited space.

    New Capabilities in MCNP4C, -day May 11, 2000, in conjunction with PHYSOR 2000, Pittsburgh. Contact: John S. Hendricks (mcnp@lanl.gov).

    Transport Processes in Applied Physics and Risk Analysis, A Tribute to Jacques Devooght, May 12, 2000, Brussels. Contact: Mrs. Nicole Detienne, Service de Chimie Organique, Faculté des Sciences Appliquées, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium (phone 32-02-6502048, fax 32-02-6503606, email ndetienn@ulb.ac.be, url http://mnsgi.ulb.ac.be/pub/pel/may12.html).

    MCNP Introductory Class, 23-26 May, 2000, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. To register for the LANL classes via the Internet, go to http://www.solutionsbyhqc.com/mcnpform.html or email Bill Hamilton at bill@solutionsbyhqc.com.

    June 2000

    International Workshop on Neutron Field Spectrometry in Science, Technology and Radiation Protection, June 5-8, 2000, Pisa, Italy. Contact Horst Klein, PTB, dep. 6.4 `Neutron Metrology', Bundesallee 100, D-38116 Braunschweig, Germany (phone 49-531-592-6400, fax 49-531-592-7205, email horst.klein@ptb.de).

    8th International Symposium on Radiation Physics (ISRP-8), June 5-9, 2000, Prague, the Czech Republic. Contact: Professor Ladislav Musílek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Bøehová 7, 115 19 Praha 1, Czech Republic (fax +4202 2320861, email musilek@br.fjfi.cvut.cz).

    7th Workshop on Methodologies for Particle Transport Simulation of Nuclear Systems (Design, Dosimetry and Shielding), June 26-30, 2000, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. Contact: haghigha@gracie.psu.edu, or iaw@psu.edu or from the website at http://gracie.psu.edu/wshop02/wshop02.html.

    July 2000

    Plutonium Futures--The Science, July 10-13, 2000, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Contact: Plutonium Futures--The Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nuclear Materials Technology Division, P.O. Box 1663, MS E500, Los Alamos, NM, USA 87545 (phone 505-665-5981, fax 505-667-7966, email Puconf2000@lanl.gov).

    August 2000

    Eighth International Conference on Electronic Spectroscopy and Structure (ICESS), Campus of the University of California, Berkeley, Aug. 8-12, 2000. Contact: icess@lbl.gov (url: http://www-als.lbl.gov/icess/).

    Monte Carlo Analysis, Aug. 14-18, 2000, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course by the University of Tennessee. Contact: Lydia Salmon, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (phone 865-974-2525; email lutne@utk.edu, http://www.engr.utk.edu/dept/nuclear/TIW.html.

    Nuclear Criticality Safety, Aug. 14-18, 2000, Knoxville, Tennessee, a short course by the University of Tennessee. Contact: Lydia Salmon, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996 (phone 865-974-2525; email lutne@utk.edu, http://www.engr.utk.edu/dept/nuclear/TIW.html ).

    September 2000

    4th International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications (SNA 2000), Sept. 4-7, 2000, Toranomon-Pastoral, Tokyo, Japan, sponsored by Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, cosponsored by OECD/Nuclear Energy Agency, Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute. Contact: Hideo Kaburaki, Center for Promotion of Computational Science and Engineering, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (phone +81-3-5723-2513, fax +81-3-5723-2537, e-mail: sna2000@koma.jaeri.go.jp, http://ciscper.tokai.jaeri.go.jp/sna2k/ )

    Radiation Protection for our National Priorities: Medicine, the Environment, and the Legacy, Sept. 17-21, 2000, Spokane, Washington. Contact: Harvey Goldberg, ANS-EWS, P.O.Box 941, Richland, WA 99352 (email finfrock@ambinet.com).

    SPECTRUM 2000, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sept. 24-28, 2000. Contact: SPECTRUM 2000, University of Tennessee, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Knoxville, TN 37996-2300 (phone 865-974-5048, fax 419-828-4819, email spectrum2000@engr.utk.edu, url http://www.engr.utk.edu/spectrum/).

    ICENES 2000, The 10th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems, Sept. 25-28, 2000, Petten, The Netherlands. Contact: Mrs. M. Hofman, Meeting Secretariat, NRG, P.O. Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten, The Netherlands (phone +31-224-56-4193, fax +31-224-56-3490, email hofman@nrg-nl.com, url http://www.nrg-nl.com/congres/icenes/).

    October 2000

    YUNSC 2000, Oct 2-5, 2000, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Contact: Radojko Pavlovi, YUNSC 2000 Conference Secretary, The VINCA Institute of Nuclear Sciences, P.O.B. 522, 11001 Belgrade, Yugoslavia (phone + 381-11-453-867, fax + 381-11-455-943, email yuns@rt270.vin.bg.ac.yu).

    MCNP and Visual Editor Training Course, Oct. 9-12, 2000, Richland, Washington. Contact: Randy Schwarz, MS K8-34, P. O. Box 999, Richland, WA 99352 (509-372-4042, fax 509-372-6421, email randy.schwarz@pnl.gov, url http://www.pnl.gov/eshs/software/ved.html).

    2000 American Nuclear Society 14th Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy, Oct. 15-19, 2000, Park City, Utah. Contact: url http://www.ambinet.com/ans/rps2000.htm.

    4th International Workshop on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing, Oct. 22-27, 2000, San Diego, California. Contact: Dr. Harry Farrar IV, ASTM Committee E-10, 18 Flintlock Lane, Bell Canyon, CA 91307-1127 (phone 818-340-1227, fax 818-340-2132, email hfarrar4@aol.com).



    International Conference on Advanced Monte Carlo for Radiation Physics, Particle Transport Simulation and Applications (MC2000), October 23-26, 2000, Lisbon, Portugal. Contact: Intituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, MC2000 Conference Secretariat, Estrada Nacional 10, P-2686-953 Sacavem, Portugal (phone: +351-21-994 60 00 ext. 6154, fax +351-21-994 10 39, email mc2000@itn1.itn.pt, or Dr. Pedro Vaz, Technical and Scientific Program Co-ordinator at email vaz@nea.fr, url http://lipulsi.lip.pt/mc2000/).

    November 2000

    5th Radiation Physics Conference--Atomic Energy, Radiation Protection, Challenges and Strategies, Nov. 5-9, 2000, Cairo, Egypt. Contact: Prof. Mohammad A. Gomaa, Atomic Energy Authority, 3 Ahmad Al-Zomor St., Alzohour District, Nasr City, Children Village Post Office, Postal Code 11787, Cairo, Egypt (fax 00202-287603, email ruatom@rusys.EG.net).