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The RSICC website moved to a new server the last weekend in January. The dust is still settling around our new URL. Some unexpected problems arose. We are still fine tuning the system, so there may be some minor changes over the next few days. Your links to the RSICC home page should work, but bookmarks to subdirectories and forms may not. We recommend that you use http://rsicc.ornl.gov.
Note that the site will be down February 12 for at least 15 hours. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may have caused.
Dr. Herbert Goldstein (June 26, 1922–January 12, 2005), professor emeritus of nuclear science and engineering at Columbia University, book author, and research scientist, died in New York City on January 12, 2005. He was buried in Israel.
Professor Goldstein was long recognized for his
scholarship in classical mechanics and
reactor shielding. His Classical Mechanics graduate textbook
was translated into nine
languages, and has been widely used as the standard text in the field
since it first appeared in
1950. While a consultant for Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National
Laboratories, he became
interested in radiation transport and shielding. He published in 1958
(reprinted 1971) Fundamental Aspects of Reactor Shielding, a
discussion of radiation sources, interaction
with matter and attenuation concepts.
Chesapeake Nuclear Services, Inc., and J. Stewart Bland Associates, Inc., Annapolis, Maryland, contributed a newly frozen version of this suite of NRC computer codes used for evaluating routine radioactive effluents from nuclear power plants. NRCDose includes LADTAP II, GASPAR II, and XOQDOQ with a WINDOWS interface to facilitate ease of use. It is intended for modeling routine, normal effluents under annual average environmental conditions and should not be used for accident dose assessment.
runs on Pentium computers under Windows operating systems. The
distributed executables were created with the Microsoft Fortran
PowerStation Version 4.0. and
Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0. The codes were tested under Windows XP and
Source files are not included, so this code system can be run only on
PCs under Windows. The
package is transmitted on CD in Windows format. References: User’s
Guide, (November 14,
2000, revised 2003); NUREG/CR-4653, PNL-5907 (March 1987);
ORNL/NUREG/TDMC-1 (March 17, 1980); NUREG/CR-2919 (PNL-4380) (September
1982). Fortran and Visual Basic; Pentium (C000684PC58604).
RSICC attempts to keep its users and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “conferences” in the subject line by the 20th of each month. 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. Below is a condensed list of the conferences listed chronologically. More details (if available) are listed alphabetically following the table.
A four-day introductory class for the MCNP (Monte Carlo N-Particle) transport code
be held at LANL February 22-25, 2005.
This class will be taught by the team who develops and
Lead Teachers: Drs. John Hendricks, Gregg McKinney, Laurie Waters
Organizer: HQC Professional Services Contact: email@example.com
is the LANL all-particle, all-energy (eV-TeV) Monte Carlo transport
on MCNP4C, LAHET, CEM, etc. MCNPX has been in active development since
1995 and is
sponsored by the particle accelerator community. It has now become an
accepted tool for a
broad range of applications by nuclear engineers, physicists, and
scientists. The MCNPX development effort has expanded the use of the
Los Alamos tools to applications such as APT,
waste transmutation, accelerator shielding and health physics, particle
beam cancer therapy,
space shielding and cosmic ray analysis, single event effects in
and more detailed analysis of the effects of light and heavy ions in
matter. In addition, the entire
functionality of MCNP4C is retained. New variance reduction and data
many adapted from high-energy accelerator methodologies, have also been
added, such as the
extensive “mesh tally” capability which allows up to 3-d plotting of
particle tracks, fluence and
fluence-derived quantities, energy deposition, next event estimator
generation contributions and
Carlo 2005 will be held April 17-21,
2005, (Sunday-Thursday). The
theme of the conference is “The Monte Carlo Method: Versatility
Unbounded in A
Dynamic Computing World.”
Sponsor: Computational Medical Physics
MCNP5 for Medical Physics Applications,” by Tim Goorley of the MCNP
Development Team, X-5, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Dick Olsher
of the HSR - 4, Los
Alamos National Laboratory.
1) Overview of new MCNP5 features
a) Mesh tallies,
b) Photon Doppler Broadening,
c) > 2.1 billion histories,
d) Lattice tally enhancements
2) Geometries and Modelling
a) MIRD Phantoms,
b) CT_based geometries
a) Calculating dose w/ different tallies,
b) Flux to Kerma factors (DE DF cards),
c) Calculating reaction rates
a) S(alpha, beta) neutron scattering treatment,
b) Simple variance reduction,
c) Benchmarking Studies - QUADOS,
d) using PTRAC file for coincident counting.
The 2005 International Congress on Advances
in Nuclear Power Plants will be held from
May 15-19, 2005, in Seoul, Korea.
There is no doubt that continuing support and
interest will be a crucial element for the success of the first ICAPP
held in Asia.
Reactor Programs and Issues
2. High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors,
3. Long-Term Reactor Programs and Strategies,
4. Operations, Performance and Reliability Management,
5. Plant Safety Assessment and Regulatory Issues,
6. Thermal Hydraulic Analysis and Testing,
7. Core and Fuel Cycle Concepts and Experiments,
8. Materials and Structural Issues,
9. Nuclear Energy and Sustainability including Hydrogen, Desalination and Other Applications, and
10. Near-Term Deployment.
Visit the website http://www.icapp2005.org to find out more about the 2005 ICAPP in Seoul.
is being updated to include several new features and an updated
An advanced training course/workshop entitled “Electron-Photon
Transport Modelling with
PENELOPE-2005 - Physics, Code Structure and Operation” is scheduled for
4–7 July 2005, at
the Facultat de Fisica (ECM), Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 647,
The International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and Computation, Supercomputing, Reactor Physics and Nuclear and Biological Applications will be held at the ‘Palais des Papes,’ Avignon, France, September 12-15, 2005.
The meeting offers an environment for interdisciplinary exchange among research in the nuclear field and comprises 19 General Technical sessions and 13 Invited Technical sessions. Details on the sessions and on the organization of the meeting are given at the web site: http://mcavignon2005.cea.fr/.
Papers are solicited in all areas of computational and mathematical methods and related disciplines including reactor physics, material sciences, shielding, fluid-dynamics, medical and biological applications, environmental sciences, fundamental mathematics and benchmarking.
We are now less than one year from the meeting dates and our web has been opened for the submission of extended summaries (1000 words < 1500 words). The deadline for summary submission is January 15, 2005.
Instructions on summary submission are given in the web pages under the ‘Authors’ button.
DATES: June 6 -10, 2005 (4.5 days)
FEE: $1,450 per person
PLACE: The MESA Complex, Room 130, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus
Monte Carlo calculations are ideally suited to solving a variety of problems in radiation protection and dosimetry. This course is aimed at the health physicist, 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 personal computers. Topics will include an overview of the MCNP code and the Monte Carlo method, 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. Students will 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, and 4.5 CM points by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
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. 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: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Group HSR-4, MCNP Class, David Seagraves, Mail Stop J573, Los Alamos, NM 87545.
Inquiries regarding registration and class space availability should be made to David Seagraves, 505-667-4959, fax: 505-665-7686, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical questions may be directed to Dick Olsher, 505-667-3364; e-mail: email@example.com.
Please note that this course is separate from and independent of the courses being offered by the MCNP and MCNPX Teams at LANL.
The forthcoming International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications of Accelerator Technology (AccApp'05) is the seventh in a series of international meetings of the Accelerator Applications Division of the ANS. It is scheduled for August 28-September 1, 2005, on the Island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy. The purpose of AccApp'05 is to provide an international forum for presenting and discussing the use of particle accelerator technology for a variety of applications. It is intended to focus on a wide area of applications including, spallation neutron sources, isotope production, medical therapy, nuclear waste transmutation, energy production, high power accelerators under construction and future projects, material issues in a particle environment, nuclear data and experiments, codes and models for particle transport, system engineering, thermo hydraulics, contraband detection and radiation protection. For more information see: http://www.nea.fr/listsmh/satif/pdf00004.pdf.
NURETH is the foremost international technical meeting on nuclear technology thermal hydraulics. The NURETH-11 meeting will be held in the historic Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France, October 2-6, 2005. For more information please go to http://nureth11.com/.
Approximately every three years the ASTM International Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications and the European Working Group on Reactor Dosimetry organize a symposium on reactor dosimetry. The 12th International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry will be held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, May 8-13, 2005. This symposium will be of interest to anyone involved in reactor dosimetry, including researchers, manufacturers and representatives from industry, utilities and regulatory agencies. The symposium theme is dosimetry for the assessment of irradiated reactor materials and reactor experiments, featuring radiation metrology techniques, data bases and standardization. Additional information on paper submittal and specific focus topics can be obtained by visiting the Symposium's web site http://www.reactordosimetry.com. In addition to the 100 to 120 oral and poster papers on the topics given on the web site, the symposium will feature six informal round-table workshops and two introductory level tutorials. The workshops will focus on discussions of problems, conflicts, recommendations, news and ideas. The workshop titles for the 12th Symposium will be: Accelerators and Fusion, Adjustments Methods and Uncertainties, Cross Section Files and Uncertainties, LWR Surveillance Dosimetry, Radiation Damage Correlations, and Test and Research Facilities. The two introductory level tutorials will be held in parallel and will address the topics of “Radiation Effects in Reactor Materials” and “Neutron Scattering Applications in Material Science.” This symposium is a must-attend meeting for those serious about the field of radiation dosimetry and will offer the opportunity for sharing ideas and discussions with colleagues in the field of radiation dosimetry. This meeting will also be ideal for those new to the field who want to be up to date on dosimetry related issues.
Forty-First Annual Meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Mar. 30-31, 2005, Arlington, VA. Additional information: http://www.ncrp.com.
12th International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry, May 8-13, 2005, Gatlinburg, TN. Contact: Dr. James M. Adams (tel 301-975-6205, fax 301-926-1604, url http://reactordosimetry.com).
Radiation Transport Calculations Using the EGS Monte Carlo System, May 9-13, 2005, Ottawa, Canada. Contact: Nikki Dignard (tel 613-520-4388, fax 613-520-4389, email NikkiDignard@pigeon.carleton.ca, url http://www.physics.carleton.ca/~drogers/EGScourse05/).
1st International Nuclear Chemistry Society (INCS), May 22-29, 2005, Kusadasi, Turkey. For more information: http://incs.ege.edu.tr/ 1st-INCC.html.
ANS Annual Summer Meeting, June 5-9, 2005, San Diego, CA. For more information: url http://www.ans.org/meetings/.
PENELOPE-2005 Training Course, July 4-7, 2005, Barcelona, Spain. http://www.nea.fr/html/dbprog/Newsletter/Dec2004.htm#training.
12th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES 2005), Aug. 21-26, 2005, Brussels, Belgium. For more infomation: http://www.sckcen.be/ sckcen%5Fen/activities/conf/conferences/icenes2005/.
Seventh Topical Conference on Nuclear Applications of Accelerator Technology “AccApp05”, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2005, Venice, Italy. For more information: http://www.nea.fr/ listsmh/satif/pdf00004.pdf.
XIX Nuclear Physics Divisional Conference (NPDC19) of the European Physical Society, Sept. 5-9, 2005, Pavia, Italy. Contact: Saverio Altieri (email firstname.lastname@example.org, url http://www.pv.infn.it/~npdc19).
International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and Computation, Supercomputing, Reactor Physics and Nuclear Biological Applications (M&C 2005), Sept. 12-15, 2005, Avignon, France. Contact: Dr. Richard Sanchez (email email@example.com; url http://mcavignon2005.cea.fr).
2005 NCSD Topical Meeting, Sept. 19-22, 2005, Knoxville, TN. For more information: http://meetingsandconferences.com/ncsd2005/.
November 2005MCNPX Introductory Workshop, Nov. 7-11, 2005, Santa Fe, NM. Contact: Bill Hamilton (tel 505-455-0312, email firstname.lastname@example.org, url http://mcnpxworkshops.com for details).