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Free distribution of MCNP5/MCNPX will terminate on April 15, 2006.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We begin with
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
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.
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
He is a scientific advisor to CEA at Saclay
and takes care of fission product evaluation and
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!
A. Abagyan, a long term friend and supporter of the Radiation Shielding
Information Center (RSIC), the forerunner of RSICC, died November 18, 2005 in
As head of theoretical and experimental
shielding programs in the Physics and Power Engineering Institute (PPEI) in
Obninsk, Kaluga Region,
Communication channels were established for RSICC interaction with Soviet scientists and engineers in fields of radiation transport and shielding.
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
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
Dr. E. Marcia. Katz, a retired
her bachelor's degree from
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
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 email@example.com 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.
Lead Teachers: Drs. John Hendricks, Gregg McKinney, Laurie Waters
Organizer: HQC Professional Services
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 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
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.
The Second European International Radiation
Protection Association (IRPA) Congress, organized by the French Society for Radiation
Protection (SFRP), will be held in
The North American Young Generation in
Nuclear (NA-YGN) is offering its Annual
Workshop May 16–17, 2006, in
· 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.
Complete workshop information and registration forms are available at http://www.na-ygn.org/pd/workshop.shtml.
The Environmental and Molecular Science
Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in
· 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;
· medical isotopes; and
· research and development activities associated with fission products.
Details about the conference may be obtained
from Cal Delegard (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,
This year’s Monte Carlo User Group Meeting
MCNEG-2006 will take place at
This year’s guest speakers include:
Dr Habib Zaidi of
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.
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
· 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).
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
DATES: 17–21 July 2006 (4.5 days)
FEE: $1,450 per person
The Los Alamos MCNP code is a general and powerful
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
Inquiries regarding registration and class space availability should be made to David Seagraves, 505-667-4959, fax 505-665-7686, email: email@example.com. Technical questions may be directed to Dick Olsher, 505-667-3364; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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,
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
More information on the Symposium, the associate workshop, as well as on the venue, can be found at .
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
· 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
The link to current information about the symposium can be found at http://eanm06.eanm.org/programme/prog_isrtrd.php?navigationId=19&sessNavigationId=63.
The Twelfth International
Congress on Neutron Capture Therapy (ICNCT-12) will be held October 9–13,
The European Workgroup on MCTP (EWG-MCTP) is
sponsoring the First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment Planning,
October 22–25, 2006, in
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
· 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 email@example.com). 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
· Nuclear structure and decay data
· Experimental facilities and detection techniques
· Nuclear data measurements and analysis
· Nuclear theories, models and data evaluation
· 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
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org). Updated information will be posted to http://www.icenes2007.org/.
International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management
Conference (2006 IHLWM), April 30–May 4, 2006,
39th Annual National Conference on Radiation
Control, May 7–10, 2006,
2nd European International Radiation
Protection Association (IRPA) Congress, May 15–19, 2006,
Annual Meeting on Nuclear Technology, May 16–18, 2006,
30th Annual Actinide Separations Conference, May 22–25,
Monte Carlo User Group Meeting MCNEG -2006, May 25–26,
Current Problems of Nuclear Physics and Atomic Energy
(NPAE-Kyiv2006), May 29–June 03, 2006,
53rd Annual Meeting of the Society of
Nuclear Medicine, June 3–7, 2006,
ANS Annual Meeting, “A Brilliant Future: Nexus of Public
Support in Nuclear Technology,” June 4–8, 2006,
International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power
Plants (ICAPP ’06), June 4–8, 2006,
Nuclear Fuels and Structural Materials for the Next
Generation Nuclear Reactors, June 4–8, 2006,
International Conference on Research Reactors in the 21st
Century, June 20–22, 2006,
EPRI International Low-Level Waste Conference and
ASME/EPRI Radwaste Workshop, June 26–30, 2006,
47th Annual Meeting of the Institute of
Nuclear Materials Management, July 16–20, 2006,
14th International Conference on Nuclear
Engineering (ICONE 14), July 17–20, 2006,
in Nuclear Analysis and Simulation,” Sept. 10–14, 2006,
Workshop on the Use of
Monte Carlo Techniques for Design and Analysis of Radiation Detectors, Sept.
Symposium on Radionuclide Therapy and Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry, Sept.
30–Oct. 4, 2006
12th International Congress on Neutron
Capture Therapy (ICNCT-12), October 9–13, 2006,
First European Workshop on Monte Carlo Treatment
Planning, Oct. 22–25, 2006,
ANS Winter Meeting and Nuclear Technology Expo, “Securing
the Future in Times of Change,” Nov. 12–16, 2006,
First International Conference on Physics and
Technology of Reactors and Applications (PHYTRA1), March 14–16, 2007,
ICENES 2007, June 3–8, 2007,
ANS Annual Meeting, June 24–28, 2007,