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No. 494

April 2006

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. On the due digestion of the former depend the strength and wisdom of the of the one, just as vigor and health depend on the other.—Burke

Free distribution of MCNP5/MCNPX will terminate on April 15, 2006.

Changes to the Computer Code and Data Collection. 1


Obituaries. 4


MCNPX Workshops. 5

Year 2006 MCNP Class Schedule. 6

European International Radiation Protection Association Congress. 7

NA-YGN Annual Workshop. 7

30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference. 7

Monte Carlo User Group meeting MCNEG-2006. 8

Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy  (NPAE-Kyiv 2006) 8

PENELOPE Training Course/Tutorial 9

Practical MCNP for the Health Physicist, Medical Physicist, and Rad Engineer 9

PHYSOR 2006. 9

ISRP-10. 10

2nd International Symposium on Radionuclide Therapy and Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry. 10

ICNCT-12. 10

First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning. 11


ND2007. 12

International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES 2007) 13




Changes to the Computer Code and Data Collection


Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, contributed documents related to the Energy Economics Data Base (EEDB), which was developed by United Engineers and Constructors (now Washington Group International, Inc.) to provide representative, consistent electric power generating station technical and cost information to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The database was first assembled in 1978 and was updated regularly for DOE from 1978 through 1990. Since 1991, Washington Group International, Inc. has maintained the data base on a private basis, as DOE discontinued funding at that time. The Data Base with its updates provides the only uniformly consistent historical record of U.S. Nuclear Power Plant costs in existence for use in analyzing cost trends, identifying future possibilities, and establishing a benchmark against which alternatives may be evaluated. This package contains nine documents which are related to EEDB, but it does not contain the data base.

The documents are transmitted on a CD in a WinZip file that contains the nine PDF files. No software, database or executables are included with this package. References: ORNL/TM-11295, ORNL/TM-10563, ORNL/TM-10997, and DOE/NE reports (P00531MNYCP00).


Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, contributed this newly frozen version of the Monte-Carlo code system to calculate nuclear reactions in the framework of the improved cascade-exciton model. CEM03.01 is the latest in a series of codes including CEM2k+GEM2, CEM97, and CEM95. It is an extended and improved version of the earlier codes. CEM03.01 considers IntraNuclear Cascade (INC), preequilibrium, evaporation, fission, and Fermi break-up mechanisms of nuclear reactions as well as coalescence of complex particles up to 4He from fast INC nucleons. CEM03.01 calculates total reaction and fission cross-sections, nuclear fissilities, excitation functions, nuclide distributions (yields) of all produced isotopes separately as well as their A- and Z-distributions, energy and angular spectra, double-differential cross-sections, mean multiplicities, i.e. the number of ejectiles per inelastic interaction of the projectile with the target, ejectile yields and their mean energies for n, p, d, t, 3He, 4He, π+, π-, and π0.  By modifying an input variable, evaporation of as many as 60 isotopes heavier than 4He (up to 28Mg) may also be modeled. CEM03.01 calculates reactions induced by nucleons, pions, bremsstrahlung and monochromatic photons on not too light targets at incident energies from ~10 MeV (~30 MeV, in the case of γ + A) up to several GeV.

CEM03.01 has been tested under Unix, Windows, and Linux operating systems. The Windows distribution includes an executable created by the code developer with Compaq Visual Fortran Professional Edition 6.6.0 under WindowsXP. RSICC tested the Unix version on a Sun workstation running Solaris 9 with the Sun WorkShop 6 update 1 Fortran 77 compiler. RSICC compiled and ran test cases on an AMD Opteron under RedHat Enterprise Linux 4 (2.6.9-22.ELsmp) with The Portland Group, Inc. pgf77 6.0-5 32-bit compiler. This executable is included in the package. The package is transmitted on a CD which includes the report cited above and a GNU compressed tar file which contains the CEM03.01 Fortran source files, a Linux executable, a Windows executable, data files, and test case input and output. Reference: LA-UR-05-7321 (2005). Fortran 77; Sun and PC (P00532MNYCP00).


RSICC began existence as the Radiation Shielding Information Center (RSIC), an institute that can claim some fame at having been at the center of advancing the state-of-the-art of shielding technology and related nuclear data. Scientists and engineers cooperated with RSICC on an international basis to move the technology forward at a faster rate than was possible for one researcher to do alone. The results continue to be available through RSICC, which fosters continuing cooperation and indeed, fellowship, among the research scientists of the world. Many of the pioneers in radiation transport and shielding research have retired; but we learn through RSICC that for some, interest is as keen as yester-year. We offer space in the RSICC Newsletter for those of you who wish to let your former colleagues know that you are still interested in scientific research and willing to share your current activities. Contact: RSICC Newsletter, editor, Alice Rice at riceaf@ornl.gov.

We begin with Jean-Claude Nimal of France, an RSICC supporter since 1965.

Jean-Claude Nimal made a 1965 orientation visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with Jean Rastoin and Pierre Lafore, his superiors in the Shielding Laboratory, CEA/CEN/Fontenay aux roses (SEPP). Nimal had learned of RSICC’s mission and was interested in Monte Carlo techniques (SANE and SAGE), and discrete ordinates (NIOBE) and the UNC neutron cross section data library, all early US technology. A few years later, Nimal returned to ORNL/RSICC bringing his Monte Carlo code system, TRIPOLI, as a contribution to the US shielding community. He was assisted in the workshop by Enrico Sartori of the OECD/NEA Data Bank and Therese Vergnaud and Jean Gonnard of CEA/CEN/Saclay. Exchanges of personnel through the years furthered the cooperation, with Jean Gonnard in RSICC, Noel Cramer in Saclay, and Enrico Sartori and other NEA Data Bank personnel visiting ORNL/RSICC.

Christian Devillers followed Lafore as manager of the Shielding Laboratory at Fontenay, which was later moved to CEA/CEN/Saclay. When Devillers joined the Safety Department at Fontenay, Nimal succeeded as manager of the Shielding Laboratory, leading the group until retiring five years ago. He was succeeded by Cheick Diop.

Nimal cites the most important developments of the Shielding Laboratory under his management as follows.

A) Monte Carlo techniques, currently TRIPOLI 4. This methodology is used for shielding, benchmark and sensitivity studies, and core and criticality calculations as reference methods.

B) The line-of-sight point attenuation kernel method with the MERCURE series of codes. Some improvements were made to the buildup factor determinations versus chemical compositions of multilayer shields.

C) PEPIN and DARWIN codes are used for fission product calculations and activation determinations. DARWIN is coupled with TRIPOLI to insure dismantling calculations.

D) The 1-D SN code SNID including probability tables was developed.

CEA requires retirement at the age of 60. Both Nimal and his wife Bernadette, a research member of the Shielding Laboratory, retired in 2001. They have two children: son Oliver and daughter Isabelle. Isabelle lives near Paris and has two children, Arthur (5 years) and Louise (two). Oliver has an infant daughter, Clementine, and lives in Brest, in Brittany. Jean-Claude and Bernadette remain in their home in Fontenay aux Roses for seven months of the year and live in Brittany near Brest and Quimper during the school holidays. While Bernadette enjoys her grandchildren and does volunteer work with young children, Nimal remains busy in several activities.

He is a scientific advisor to CEA at Saclay and takes care of fission product evaluation and Monte Carlo methods. He is also an OECD/NEA consultant and works at home on the NAIADE experiment reassessments and interpretations. NAIADE was the French facility used during 1960-1970 to find the two group diffusion constants and the removal cross sections for shielding calculations. The shield mockup reproduced in the NAIADE facility the reactor configuration (the work was in association with Pierre Lafore, Jean Rastoin, Michel Lott, Jacques, and Georges Manent, in Fontenay aus Roses). Many calibrated dosimeters gave the fission equivalent flux, intermediate flux and thermal equivalent flux. These experiments were never interpreted using Monte Carlo calculations. Nimal has undertaken a fine calculation of the NAIADE fission plate power and an interpretation of the experimental results using TRIPOLI 4 and ENDF/B/VI R4 Library. The work, consuming much of Nimal’s time, is a contribution to the SINBAD data base.

In his spare time, Nimal paints in watercolors and is taking a course in painting.

Through the years as RSICC staff members interacted with the international scientific community, it was my privilege to be a guest of the Shielding Laboratory many times. We worked hard but we always had a home party. Nimal’s contribution, each time, was his ‘home-made’ liver paté – the best I have ever tasted!

Jean-Claude Nimal can be reached at jcb.nimal@club-internet.fr.

Betty Maskewitz


Armen A. Abagyan, a long term friend and supporter of the Radiation Shielding Information Center (RSIC), the forerunner of RSICC, died November 18, 2005 in Moscow at the age of 73. In his later years, Abagyan served as deputy general director for scientific policy for Rosenergoatom and general director of VNIIAES, the Russian Institute for nuclear power plant operations and also served as professor and corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He first became known to RSICC while attending the 1967 Harwell Shielding Conference.

As head of theoretical and experimental shielding programs in the Physics and Power Engineering Institute (PPEI) in Obninsk, Kaluga Region, USSR, Abagyan hosted my first RSICC Orientation Visit to the USSR June 22-27, 1969. This visit resulted in exchange and discussions of USA-USSR experts in fields related to fast breeder reactor research.

Communication channels were established for RSICC interaction with Soviet scientists and engineers in fields of radiation transport and shielding.

Abagyan continued an interest in the RSICC mission through the years and encouraged continuing interaction between USSR/Russian scientists and engineers. I was privileged to be welcomed to the USSR and later to Russia by Abagyan on each of later visits to his country.                                                               -Betty F. Maskewitz

Robert Lee Clarke died December 22, 2005. Clarke began his career as a nuclear physicist for Atomic Energy of Canada at Chalk River after earning his doctorate in physics at McGill University. He was also a physics professor at Carleton University. Much of his research was in medical physics, and he helped develop an advanced ultrasound machine which is currently undergoing trials at the Institute of Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital in England.

Robert Dory died in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, January 29, 2006. He received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin where he specialized in mathematical physics, particle accelerators, and fusion energy. He joined the research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1964 and retired in 1994 where he had been the section head for plasma physics and theory and computing in the Fusion Energy Division.

Paul Govaerts died January 25, 2006. He began his career at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK/CEN) in 1974 in radiation protection and health. He became the general manager in 1995 and also served as an honorary professor at the University of Louvain.

Dr. E. Marcia. Katz, a retired University of Tennessee professor, died March 1 in an automobile accident in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Katz was the first female nuclear engineering doctoral student at the University of Tennessee (UT) and the university's first female professor in the engineering college.

Katz earned her bachelor's degree from Purdue University. She continued her academic career by earning her master's degree in 1972 and a doctorate in 1974 at UT; three years later she joined the faculty. Among the many awards she received for teaching and research during her years at the university were the Allen and Hoshall Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993. She was a finalist for the position of university president in 2004.

During brief breaks from her teaching obligations, she did research for both the Department of Energy and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. In 1985 she served on U.S. Sen. Jim Sasser’s staff, and she was a White House Fellow with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1994. As a member of the UT faculty, she was especially interested in academically at-risk freshmen and was an undergraduate and graduate student advisor in the nuclear engineering department, according to her colleague and long-time friend, H.L. Dodds, head of the department. Professor Dodds also commented on the brilliance of Dr. Katz’ intellect and general knowledge in addition to her engineering expertise. Specifically, on long bus trips with students to Student Conferences, Dr. Katz would frequently compete with all of the students on the bus simultaneously in a game of Trivial Pursuit, and she usually won. She was truly an exceptional person.

Dr. Katz was a member of the American Nuclear Society since 1969 and was active in many of the committees and professional groups—Meetings, Proceedings and Transactions Committee; Publication Steering Committee; Professional Development and Accreditation Committee; and Student Activities.  She was also active in the local Oak Ridge/Knoxville Section of the ANS.

Wolfgang Müller, an ANS member since 1966, died January 22, 2006. As a reporter he covered economics, science and technology for German print and broadcast media. He reported on the first UN International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in 1955. He then went on to serve from 1956 to 1984 as editor of Atomwirtschaft-Atomtechnik, the leading German nuclear magazine. Following his retirement he worked on a three-volume history of nuclear energy in Germany. The third volume was published in 2004.

David R. (Dave) Vondy died March 30, 2006. He was a W.W. II veteran of the U. S. Navy. He joined the research team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1958 and retired in 1986. Much of Vondy’s later work at the laboratory was in reactor core analysis, particularly with the high-temperature gas-cooled reactor program. Along with Tom Fowler and others, Vondy was a major developer of several multigroup diffusion theory codes (VENTURE, BURNER, CITATION, VALE, EXTERMINATOR2, and the BOLD-VENTURE code system) used in reactor analysis.  An error-mode extrapolation procedure he developed for use in his codes has been incorporated in the DORT and TORT discrete ordinates radiation transport codes.  He also developed special codes for thermal hydraulics analysis (PEBBLE and THR TH), for control rod positioning (RODMOD), and for perturbation analysis (PERTUBAT).

Former colleague, Felix C. Difilippo, shares some of his experience with Vondy and his work. “We used the code developed by Dave: VENTURE. My first models were extensions of his earlier models. Even before, in the 70’s and in Argentina, I used the EXTERMINATOR code, also developed by Dave, to compute reactivities, prompt decay constants and the distribution of prompt and delayed neutrons of importance to understand pulsed neutron experiments (which) I was doing at that time. Working in the then Neutron Physics Division I interacted with Dave from 1983 until 1986; our offices were near so we used to talk a little bit—he was always very cooperative with any questions about the use of VENTURE.”


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 riceaf@ornl.gov 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.

MCNPX Workshops

Lead Teachers: Drs. John Hendricks, Gregg McKinney, Laurie Waters

Organizer: HQC Professional Services

Contact: bill@mcnpxworkshops.com

Information: http://mcnpxworkshops.com and MCNPX homepage: http://mcnpx.lanl.gov

2006 Schedule

June 12–16


Santa Fe, NM

July 17–21


Bologna, Italy

July 31–Aug 4 


West Point, NY  USA

Sept 18–22


Santa Fe, NM  USA

Oct 30–Nov 3


Tokyo, Japan  


MCNPX is packed with new and exciting plotting features, including numerous mesh tally options which can be superimposed on your geometry plot and plotted within the MCNPX run, eliminating the need for post-processing and costly additional plotting package(s).  You can plot particle flux, tracks, dosage, and energy deposition as well as source points and many others.

The workshops include hands-on instruction, generally on PC Windows machines. Subject to participant export approval from the MCNPX beta test team, participants will be able to access the Fortran 90 version of MCNPX 2.4, the LA150 (150 MeV) cross-section data for over 40 isotopes for incident neutrons and protons and 12 for photonuclear interactions, and a notebook of viewgraphs.

Follow-up consultation for class participants will be provided.

The classes are taught by experienced MCNPX code developers and instructors. More information on code versions and capabilities is available at MCNPX Workshops web site http://mcnpxworkshops.com.

To register go to http://mcnpxworkshops.com/regform.html.

Year 2006 MCNP Class Schedule

April 17-21:

Intermediate/Advanced MCNP Topics

Los Alamos National Laboratory

June 12-16:

Introduction to MCNP

Los Alamos National Laboratory

July 10-14:

Introduction to MCNP


TBD - Aug-Sept

Advanced Criticality

If interested, email croyer@lanl.gov

TBD - Aug-Sept

Advanced Variance Reduction

If interested, email croyer@lanl.gov

Year 2006 classes will showcase the latest release of MCNP, Version 5. All classes provide interactive computer learning with time available to discuss individual questions and problems with MCNP experts. While MCNP supports a number of platforms, LANL class computers are usually PCs.  The class fee includes a notebook with all class viewgraphs and handouts, dinner the first evening, and snacks and refreshments provided during class breaks. Registration and the most current information can be found at http://www-xdiv.lanl.gov/x5/MCNP/classinformation.html. For information regarding the class in Japan - Contact: Dr. Tadakazu Suzuki - Research Organization for Information Science & Technology (RIST), (phone 029-282-8309,6335, fax 029-282-4282, email tadakazu@tokai.rist.or.jp, http://www.rist.or.jp/nucis).

Introductory classes are for people who have little or no experience with MCNP. This class surveys the features of MCNP so the beginning user will be introduced to the capabilities of the program, and will have hands-on experience at running the code to solve simple 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 gain depth of understanding.  Most areas of MCNP operation will be discussed in detail, with emphasis on Advanced Geometry, Advanced Variance Reduction Techniques, and other Advanced features of the program. Time will be available to discuss approaches to specific problems of interest to students.

European International Radiation Protection Association Congress

The Second European International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Congress, organized by the French Society for Radiation Protection (SFRP), will be held in Paris, May 15–19, 2006. The European Congress is a global forum on the radiological protection field and will provide a unique opportunity to present papers and participate in debate on subjects which will determine the future of this specialty, ranging from the scientific data and questions about biological radiation effects, to the regulation and practice of radiation protection. Details about the conference and registration information are available from the website at http://www.irpa2006europe.com/.

NA-YGN Annual Workshop

The North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN) is offering its Annual Workshop May 16–17, 2006, in San Francisco, California. This professional development workshop theme is “Innovate & Rejuvenate: Act Today, Change Tomorrow” and will include on the program:

·        New Nuclear Plants: Inside and Out  An up-to-date overview of new reactor designs and what it would take to build them.

·        The West Side Story  California faces unique concerns in our nuclear industry. This panel will help shed light on the various issues.

·        Addressing Security Concerns at University Research Reactors  A breach in security or just media hype? Join this panel to hear how the industry addressed the public’s concerns.

·        Spreading the Passion at the Grass-roots Level: NA-YGN Local Chapter Updates  Need inspiration or ideas? Check out what our NA-YGN local chapters are doing.

·        Six Sigma: Sizing Up the Industry  Find out how data-driven methodologies can have huge returns on investments in nuclear and non-nuclear organizations.

·        A Walk Down Memory Lane  Learning from our industry’s history helps us continue to be primed for our future.

·        Passing the Torch: A Knowledge Transfer Workshop  What’s the best way to share information from one generation to the next? Join together to explore a growing industry issue.

·        Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Tour  Interested in checking out particle physics research, the giant detectors required to observe subatomic particles and Klystron Gallery, the world’s longest building? We’ve arranged a tour on Thursday morning, May 18.

Complete workshop information and registration forms are available at http://www.na-ygn.org/pd/workshop.shtml.

30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference

The Environmental and Molecular Science Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, will host the 30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference May 22–25, 2006. Papers are being solicited for the conference topics which are:

·        aqueous separations, including solvent extraction and ion exchange;

·        pyrochemical technologies;

·        process development for waste management activities;

·        plutonium and fissile material disposition activities;

·        waste disposal technologies, including waste acceptance criteria for disposal sites;

·        advanced nuclear fuel process development and treatment;

·        materials characterization;

·        homeland security;

·        speciation;

·        medical isotopes; and

·        research and development activities associated with fission products.

Details about the conference may be obtained from Cal Delegard (calvin.delegard@pnl.gov), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MS P7-25, Richland, WA 99352 (phone 509 376-0548, fax 509 372-3861). The registration deadline is April 27.

Monte Carlo User Group meeting MCNEG-2006

This year’s Monte Carlo User Group Meeting MCNEG-2006 will take place at City University, London. on May 25–26, 2006. MCNEG is the user group meeting for everybody interested in the use of Monte Carlo simulation for radiation transport calculations. Users of all Monte Carlo codes, including BEAM, MCNP, Penelope, EGS4, FLUKA, etc., as well as deterministic codes and home-made codes, are encouraged to attend our meetings. One-page presentation abstracts in electronic form may be submitted to r.price@city.ac.uk by May 1, 2006.

This year’s guest speakers include:

Dr Habib Zaidi of Geneva University Hospital, who will address “Monte Carlo in nuclear imaging systems” and “Quantitative imaging and dosimetry for targeted radiation therapy,” and

Dr Alfredo Ferrari, CERN and Developer of the Fluka code (TBC), who will talk on “The development functionality of FLUKA and its use for proton and C-ion therapy.”

Full details are available on our website at http://www.mcneg.org.uk/MCNEG06.htm or via e-mail from the organizer, Dr. Robert Price, Associate Dean (Research), School of Allied Health Sciences, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V OHB (phone +44 (0)20 7040 5670, email r.price@city.ac.uk).

Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy
(NPAE-Kyiv 2006)

The organizing committee for Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy (NPAE-Kyiv 2006) invites your participation in the conference which will take place May 29–June 03, 2006, at the Institute of the Post-diploma Education (http://www.ipe.univ.kiev.ua) of Kyiv National University. The program will include invited talks and scientific presentations on the following topics:

·        Collective processes in atomic nuclei

·        Nuclear reactions and processes with exotic nuclei

·        Rare nuclear processes

·        Relativistic nuclear physics

·        Neutron physics and physics of nuclear reactors

·        Problems of atomic energy and future reactors

·        Applied nuclear physics and technique of experiments

Details and forms related to the meeting are available at the website (http://www.kinr.kiev.ua/NPAE_Kyiv2006/) or you may contact Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauky, 47, Kyiv, 03680, Ukraine (phone +38 044 525 39 49, fax +38 044 525 44 63, email NPAE-Kyiv2006@kinr.kiev.ua).

PENELOPE Training Course/Tutorial

The next PENELOPE training course/tutorial will be held from 4–7 July 2006, at the Facultat de Fisica (ECM), Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 647, 08028 BARCELONA, Spain. This course is addressed to researchers in radiation physics and its applications. The main objective is to provide participants with a detailed description of the 2006 version of PENELOPE, with an ample perspective on Monte Carlo methods for simulation of electron/photon transport. The reliability of the interaction models and the accuracy of the numerical methods and approximations implemented in the code will be discussed. Examples of simulation results and benchmark comparisons with experiment will be presented. The course will include practical sessions on the use of the generic main programs, PENCYL (cylindrical geometries) and PENMAIN (quadric geometries), and on the design of the main program for specific applications. Details and registration information can be found at http://www.nea.fr/html/dbprog/penelope2006.html.


Practical MCNP for the Health Physicist, Medical Physicist, and Rad Engineer

DATES: 17–21 July 2006 (4.5 days)

FEE: $1,450 per person

PLACE: The MESA Complex, Room 130, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus

The Los Alamos MCNP code is a general and powerful Monte Carlo transport code for photons, neutrons, and electrons. MCNP can be safely described as the “industry standard” with more than 600 person-years of development effort behind it. It is supported on a variety of platforms and is now accessible to health physicists, medical physicists, and rad engineers using desktop or laptop personal computers. This 4.5 day course introduces the basic concepts of Monte Carlo, demonstrates how to put together an MCNP input file, and illustrates some health and medical physics applications of the code. No prior knowledge of Monte Carlo is assumed.

All of the input and output files for the class demonstrations will be provided for self-study on a diskette. The course will focus on providing a practical boost toward learning the program and guiding the student toward useful applications. Extensive practice sessions are scheduled using a personal computer in class.

Registration is available online at: http://drambuie.lanl.gov/~esh4/mcnp.htm. Make checks (U.S. dollars on a U.S. bank ) payable to the University of California and mail with name, address, and phone number to: David Seagraves, Mail Stop J573, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Group HSR-4, MCNP Class, Los Alamos, NM 87545.

Inquiries regarding registration and class space availability should be made to David Seagraves, 505-667-4959, fax 505-665-7686, email: dseagraves@lanl.gov.  Technical questions may be directed to Dick Olsher, 505-667-3364; email dick@lanl.gov.

Richard H. Olsher


The Canadian Nuclear Society has announced that the ANS Reactor Physics Topical PHYSOR-2006, “Advances in Nuclear Analysis and Simulation,” will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Sept. 10–14, 2006. The meeting is sponsored by the Reactor Physics Division of the ANS and co-sponsored by several international societies. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver.

You are invited to visit the meeting website at http://www.cns-snc.ca/physor2006/ to obtain updated information and to download a copy of the call for papers. The conference chair is Benjamin Rouben, FCNS Manager, Reactor Core Physics Branch, AECL Sheridan Park (phone 905-823-9060 x 4550, fax 905-822-0567, email roubenb@aecl.ca). The technical program co-chair is Ken Kozier, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1J0 (phone +1-613-584-8811 + ext. 5059, email physor2006@aecl.ca).


The 10th International Symposium on Radiation Physics (ISRP-10) will be held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, 17–22 September 2006. This event is organized jointly by the International Radiation Physics Society (IRPS) and the Physics Department of Coimbra University. The meeting is devoted to current trends in radiation physics research and will include a series of plenary talks given by prominent international researchers. The symposium in Coimbra is the latest in a series of triennial symposia which began in Calcutta in 1974 and continued in Penang (1982), Ferrara (1985), São Paulo (1988), Dubrovnik (1991), Rabat (1994), Jaipur (1997), Prague (2000) and Cape Town (2003). A 2½ day Workshop on the Use of Monte Carlo Techniques for Design and Analysis of Radiation Detectors will be held immediately prior to ISRP-10 (15–17 September 2006).

More information on the Symposium, the associate workshop, as well as on the venue, can be found at http://pollux.fis.uc.pt/isrp10. 

2nd International Symposium on Radionuclide Therapy and Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry

The 2nd International Symposium on Radionuclide Therapy and Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry will take place in conjunction with the annual congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) in Athens, Greece, September 30–October 4, 2006. As a separate track within the EANM congress this symposium will bring together disciplines concerned with radiopharmaceutical dosimetry and radionuclide therapy stimulating interdisciplinary scientific discussion. The EANM Dosimetry and Therapy Committees and colleagues from the MIRD committee of the SNM will join to coordinate the scientific committee and program for the meeting. All organizational matters will be handled by the EANM secretariat and congress office. Conference topics include:

·        Clinical: mIBG and peptides

·        Clinical: Radioimmunotherapy

·        Clinical: Thyroid, bone pain palliation & miscellaneous

·        Dosimetry: Data Collection Methods / Dosimetric Models / Pharmacokinetics

·        Dosimetry: Quantitative Analysis and Treatment Planning / Dosimetry for Clinical Trials

·        Biological and Long-Term Effects / Animal and in-vitro Studies

·        Miscellaneous

The link to current information about the symposium can be found at http://eanm06.eanm.org/programme/prog_isrtrd.php?navigationId=19&sessNavigationId=63.


ICNCTThe Twelfth International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT-12) will be held October 9–13, 2006, in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan. The meeting is sponsored by the International Society for Neutron Capture Therapy (ISNCT) with the society president, Yoshinobu Nakagawa of the Kagawa National Children's Hospital, acting as chairman of the organizing committee. The meeting will focus on the many significant developments that have been made in neutron capture therapy in biology, medicine, chemistry, medical physics and engineering, and clinical trials. One of the highlights of the presentations will be the report of results from our Japanese NCT teams of clinical trials on brain, skin and head and neck tumors. Results of recent treatments on liver and lung cancers will also be reported. These treatments have been carried out using a combination of BSH and BPA which have yielded successful results. The most up-to-date information as well as registration and submittal information can be found at the conference website: http://icnct-12.umin.jp/index.html.

First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning

 The European Workgroup on MCTP (EWG-MCTP) is sponsoring the First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning, October 22–25, 2006, in Gent, Belgium. The conference theme is “Introduction of MCTP into the Clinic.” The workshop will offer the opportunity for scientists to exchange information, to develop new ideas and initiate international collaborative programs on the exciting and fast developing research domain of Monte Carlo treatment planning. This workshop will also provide an overview of the current state of the art to clinical physicists who are thinking of introducing MCTP into their clinic.

The venue of the meeting is “Het Pand,” a former Dominican monastery located in the historical centre of the city. The oldest parts of the building date from the 13th century and houses some valuable collections of the University such as the Museum for the History of Medicine and the ethnographical and archaeological collections.

Scientific sessions will consist of general talks and poster presentations. The research topics covered will be the following:

·        Industry – MCTPS

·        4D MCTP

·        General multipurpose codes

·        Dosimetry

·        Photon MCTP

·        Electron MCTP

·        Proton MCTP

·        Brachytherapy MCTP

·        Clinical studies

·        MC in optimisation

·        Portal dosimetry

Inquiries may be sent to N. Reynaert, Lab for Standard Dosimetry Gent, Gent University –FANC, Proeftuinstraat 86 – B-9000 Gent, BELGIUM (phone + 32 9 264 66 48, fax + 32 9 264 66 96, email nick.reynaert@ugent.be). Details and updated information can be found at http://www.ewg-mctp.ugent.be/.


The First International Conference on Physics and Technology of Reactors and Applications (PHYTRA1), will be held March 14–16, 2007, in Marrakech City, Morocco. This is the first International Conference organized by the Moroccan Association for Nuclear Engineering and Reactor Technology “GMTR” after a series of three national conferences. The objective is to provide scientists and engineers from different countries an opportunity to present their recent work in reactor physics and nuclear technology. Industrial vendors may exhibit their products and innovations in different domains related to reactor physics and nuclear technology. The PHYTRA1 conference will also be a celebration for the operation of the first research reactor (TRIGA Mark II) in Morocco which is expected to be commissioned in 2006.

Conference topics include:

·        Deterministic and Monte Carlo Transport Theory Methods

·        Reactor Core and Lattice Physics Methods

·        Physics and Computational Methods for Advanced Reactors

·        Reactor Theory and Reactor Concepts

·        Neutron Kinetics and Dynamics

·        Criticality and Safety Analysis

·        Fuel Loading Optimization and Fuel Design

·        Nuclear Data Analysis and Methods

·        Computer Codes and Benchmarks

·        Computational Methods for Research Reactors

·        High Temperature Reactor Physics and Methods

·        Reactor Thermal Hydraulics

·        Radioactive Waste Management

·        Research Reactor Utilization

·        Reactor Dosimetry and Reactor Shielding

A one-page abstract should be sent by June 15, 2006, via email, to Pr. A. Jehouani, Faculty of Sciences SEMLALIA, Dept. of Physics, University Cadi Ayyad- Marrakech Morocco (email phytra@ucam.ac.ma or jehouani@ucam.ac.ma, fax 212-44-43-74-10) or Pr. L. Erradi, GMTR President, Mohammed V Agdal University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, B. P. 1014 RABAT Morocco (email erradi@fsr.ac.ma or fax 212-0-37-77-89-73) http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=c.


The International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology will be held April 22–27, 2007, in Nice, France. The conference is organized by the Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) under the auspices of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The General Chairs are B. Bigot, Haut commissaire à l'Énergie Atomique and L. Echávarri, NEA Director-General. Abstracts should be submitted by September 2006 on the following topics:

·        Nuclear structure and decay data

·        Experimental facilities and detection techniques

·        Nuclear data measurements and analysis

·        Nuclear theories, models and data evaluation

·        Standards

·        Evaluated nuclear data libraries and processing

·        Validation, benchmarking of evaluated data

·        Integral experiments

·        Uncertainties quantification

·        Data dissemination and international collaboration

·        Fission energy applications

·        Accelerator-related applications

·        Fusion technology applications

·        Dosimetry and shielding applications

·        Safeguards and security

·        Space, cosmic-ray applications, radiation effects on electronics

·        Astrophysics and cosmology applications

·        Medical and environmental applications

The most current information will be posted on the website at http://www-dapnia.cea.fr/Sphn/nd2007
and questions or comments may be addressed to nd2007@cea.fr.

International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES 2007)

The committee for the 13th International Conference on Emerging Nuclear Energy Systems (ICENES 2007) has issued a call for papers for the conference to be held June 3–8, 2007, at Gazi University in Istanbul.

The main objective of ICENES is to provide a broad review and discussion of various advanced, innovative and non-conventional nuclear energy production systems to scientists, engineers, industry leaders, policy makers, decision makers and young professionals who will shape future energy supply and technology. ICENES 2007 will also open the forum to innovative non-nuclear technologies, such as hydrogen energy, solar energy, deep space exploration, etc. with an emphasis on unthinkable ideas with a sound scientific-technical basis. The program will include invited papers, submitted contributions in oral and poster sessions, as well as an industrial exhibition and social tours. Topical areas include:

·        Advanced Fission Systems

·        Fusion Energy Systems

·        Accelerator Driven Systems

·        Exotic Nuclear Reactor Concepts

·        Transmutation and Fuel Cycle

·        Co-Generation and Non-Electricity Production Applications

·        Generation IV Reactors

·        Space Power and Propulsion

·        Deep Space Exploration, general

·        Nuclear Hydrogen Production

·        Radiation Protection & Shielding

·        Hydrogen Energy, general including non-nuclear applications

·        Solar Energy

·        Other Alternative Energies

·        Societal Issues

The official language of the conference will be English. Authors should submit abstracts of 300–500 words to abstract@icenes2007.org for review by the Program Committee.  Abstracts should include sufficient information to explain and support the new and significant results to be presented in the proposed paper.  The topical area appropriate to the abstract and the name and address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed must be clearly stated at the top of the first page. Abstracts may be submitted in “pdf” or “doc” format via e-mail by September 22, 2006. Authors will be notified by November 17, 2006. The deadline for full papers is March 2, 2007. The proceedings will be produced on an interactive CD-ROM with an ISBN registration number. A selection of ICENES 2007 papers will be published in a special edition of the journal Energy Conversion & Management. Scientific and technical inqueries may directed to Prof Dr. Sümer Şahin, Gazi University 06500 ANKARA/TURKEY (phone +90 (312) 212 43 04, fax +90 (312) 212 43 04, email sumersahin@icenes2007.org). Updated information will be posted to http://www.icenes2007.org/.


April 2006

International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (2006 IHLWM), April 30–May 4, 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact: Daniel B. Bullen, General Chair, Exponent, 185 Hansen Court, Suite 100, Wood Dale, IL 60191 (phone 630-274-3223, fax 630-274-3299, email dbullen@exponent.com) http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=t.

May 2006

39th Annual National Conference on Radiation Control, May 7–10, 2006, Detroit, Michigan. Contact: http://www.crcpd.org/2006annualmeeting.asp.

2nd European International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) Congress, May 15–19, 2006, Paris, France. Contact: Technical Secretary, COLLOQUIUM, 12, rue de la Croix-Faubin, F-75557 Paris cedex 11 – France (phone +33 (0)1 44 64 15 15, fax +33 (0)1 44 64 15 16, email irpa2006@colloquium.fr) http://www.irpa2006europe.com/.

Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology, May 16–18, 2006, Aachen, Germany. Contact: dbcm GmbH, phone 49-02241-93897-23, fax 49-02241-93897-12, email jk@dbcm.de.

30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference, May 22–25, 2006, Richland, Washington. Contact: Cal Delegard, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MS P7-25, Richland, WA 99352 (phone 509 376-0548, fax 509 372-3861, email calvin.delegard@pnl.gov).

Monte Carlo User Group Meeting MCNEG -2006, May 25–26, 2006, City University, London. Contact: Dr Robert Price, Associate Dean (Research), School of Allied Health Sciences, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V OHB (phone +44 (0)20 7040 5670, email r.price@city.ac.uk). http://www.mcneg.org.uk. 

Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy (NPAE-Kyiv2006), May 29–June 03, 2006, Kyiv, Ukraine. Contact: Institute for Nuclear Research, Prospect Nauky, 47, Kyiv, 03680, Ukraine (phone +38 044 525 39 49, fax +38 044 525 44 63, email NPAE-Kyiv2006@kinr.kiev.ua) http://www.ipe.univ.kiev.ua.

WIN Global 2006, May 30–June 1, 2006, Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. Contact: WIN Coordinator, Carol Berrigan (phone 202-739-8050, email clb@nei.org) http://www.win-2006.org/Win/.

June 2006

53rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, June 3–7, 2006, San Diego, California. Contact: ITS/SNM, Suite 400, 108 Wilmot Road, Deerfield, IL 60015-5124 (phone 800-424-5249, fax 800-521-6017, url www.snm.org).

ANS Annual Meeting, “A Brilliant Future: Nexus of Public Support in Nuclear Technology,” June 4–8, 2006, Reno, Nevada.  Contact: http://www.ans.org/meetings/annual/.

International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP ’06), June 4–8, 2006, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Samim Anghaie, Univ or Florida, 202 NSC, Gainesville, FL 32611-8300 (phone 352-392-8653, fax 352-392-8656, email anghaie@ufl.edu).

Nuclear Fuels and Structural Materials for the Next Generation Nuclear Reactors, June 4–8, 2006, Reno, Nevada. Contact: Lance L. Snead, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6140 (phone 865-574-3560, fax 865-574-9942, email sneadll@ornl.gov).

27th Annual Conference of the Canadian Nuclear Society and student conference, June 11–14, 2006, Toronto, Ont. Contact Canadian Nuclear Society email cen-snc@on.aibn.com or rul www.cns-snc.ca.

MCNPX Introductory Workshop, June 12–16, 2006, Santa Fe, NM. Contact: Bill Hamilton (phone 806-928-6021, email bill@mcnpxworkshops.com) http://mcnpxworkshops.com.

EXRS 2006–European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry, June 19–23, 2006, Paris, France. Contact: exrs2006@cea.fr, http://www.nucleide.org/exrs2006/.

International Conference on Research Reactors in the 21st Century, June 20–22, 2006, Moscow. Contact: Igor Kabanov, NIKIET, P.O.B. 788, Moscow, 101000 Russia (phone 7-263-7388, fax 7-975-2019, email nikiet@nikiet.ru).

EPRI International Low-Level Waste Conference and ASME/EPRI Radwaste Workshop, June 26–30, 2006, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contact: Linda Nelson, PLAN Ahead (phone 518-374-8190, email lnelson@nycap.rr.com).

July 2006

US WIN Meeting (WIN 2006), “Leadership, Education and Outreach in the 21st Century,” July 16–18, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact: WIN Coordinator, Carol Berrigan (phone 202-739-8050, email clb@nei.org) http://www.winus.org.

47th Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, July 16–20, 2006, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: INMM (phone 847-480-9573, fax 874-480-9282, email inmm@inmm.org).

14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE 14), July 17–20, 2006, Miami, Florida. Contact: Kim Punter (email punterk@asme.org).

September 2006

PHYSOR-2006, “Advances in Nuclear Analysis and Simulation,” Sept. 10–14, 2006, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Contact: Ken Kozier, Technical Program Co-Chair, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada K0J 1J0 (phone 613-584-8811 ext. 5059, email physor2006@aecl.ca) http://www.cns-snc.ca/physor2006/.

Workshop on the Use of Monte Carlo Techniques for Design and Analysis of Radiation Detectors, Sept. 15–17, 2006, Coimbra, Portugal. Contact: workshop@lipc.fis.uc.pt (http://pollux.fis.uc.pt/isrp10/workshop/index.htm).

ISRP-10, Sept. 17–22, 2006, Coimbra, Portugal. Contact: isrp10@pollux.fis.uc.pt (http://pollux.fis.uc.pt/isrp10).

2nd International Symposium on Radionuclide Therapy and Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry, Sept. 30–Oct. 4, 2006 Athens, Greece. The url is http://eanm06.eanm.org/programme/prog_isrtrd.php?navigationId=19&sessNavigationId=63

October 2006

12th International Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT-12), October 9–13, 2006, Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan. Contact: ICNCT-12 Secretariat, Association for Nuclear Technology in Medicine, 2 Masumoto Bldg., 1-8-16 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0001, JAPAN (phone 81-3-3504-3961, fax 81-3-3504-1390, email ICNCT2006@antm.or.jp) http://icnct-12.umin.jp/.

First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning, Oct. 22–25, 2006, Gent, Belgium. Contact: N. Reynaert, Lab for Standard Dosimetry Gent, Gent University –FANC, Proeftuinstraat 86 – B-9000 Gent, BELGIUM (phone + 32 9 264 66 48, fax + 32 9 264 66 96, email nick.reynaert@ugent.be) http://www.ewg-mctp.ugent.be/.

November 2006

ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, “Securing the Future in Times of Change,” Nov. 12–16, 2006, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: Robert W. Kuckuck (phone 505-667-5101, email bobkuck@lanl.gov) http://www.ans.org/meetings/index.cgi?c=n.

March 2007

First International Conference on Physics and Technology of Reactors and Applications (PHYTRA1), March 14–16, 2007, Marrakech City, Morocco. Contact: Pr. A. Jehouani, Faculty of Sciences SEMLALIA, Dept. of Physics, University Cadi Ayyad- Marrakech Morocco (email phytra@ucam.ac.ma or jehouani@yahoo.com, fax 212 44 43 74 10) or Pr. L. Erradi, GMTR President, Mohammed V Agdal University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physics, B. P. 1014 RABAT Morocco (email erradi@fsr.ac.ma or erradi@hotmail.com, fax 212-0-37-77-89-73).

June 2007

ICENES 2007, June 3–8, 2007, Istanbul. Contact: Prof Dr. Sümer Şahin, Gazi University 06500 ANKARA/TURKEY Contact: Prof Dr. Sümer Şahin, Gazi University 06500 ANKARA/TURKEY (phone +90 (312) 212 43 04, fax +90 (312) 212 43 04, email sumersahin@icenes2007.org, url http://www.icenes2007.org/).

ANS Annual Meeting, June 24–28, 2007, Boston, Massachusetts. Contact: http://www.ans.org/meetings/.