Nuclear Data from Baghdad to Berkeley – Playing with the BAND

Abstract: Atomic nuclei are the highest energy density, practically-accessible systems at humanity’s disposal.  This unparalleled energy density allows for the development of unique technological tools to address the health, energy and national/international security challenges of the 21st century provided that we have a good knowledge of nuclear reaction and decay data they require. However, the

A Study of Nu-bar: Neutral Particles Emitted from Fission

Abstract: In the 1950’s Cowan and Reines first detected the antineutrino by using a cadmium-doped liquid scintillator detector to measure the prompt positron and delayed neutron signature. Following this discovery, nuclear physicists used the same experimental technique to expand their understanding of neutron emission from inelastic neutron interactions on actinides. This seminar will focus on

Nuclear Science for National Security Applications

Abstract: While the probability of nuclear exchange may be low, the consequences are undeniably grave. My research focuses on methods to improve nuclear security and nonproliferation while advancing technically-sound policies. Via a series of vignettes, I discuss the three main themes of my research—policy-relevant inquiry, data analytics, and applied nuclear physics. First, the planned deployment

Closing the Gap; from Fundamental Nuclear Physics to Applications with Next-Generation Ion Traps

Abstract: Ion traps have long been recognized as superb precision tools for fundamental physics research (Nobel Prize, 1989). In contemporary nuclear physics, they are widely employed to prepare, control and study short-lived radionuclides with high precision and accuracy. Recently, electrostatic ion beam traps have gained in importance by their use as Multi-Reflection Time-of-Fight (MR-ToF) mass

Fukushima Daiichi Reflection

3119 Etcheverry Hall Berkeley, CA

Photo Credit to Sarah Stevenson Eleven years have passed since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants has been progressing steadily. Professor Toru Obara's lecture will feature the current status of decommissioning. In addition, an introduction to the Nuclear Innovator Cultivation Program (NICP), an

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