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Activities in 2010

2010 NE Summer Student Seminar Series

These seminars provide a taste of some of the Division's important work to address global problems such as proliferation of nuclear materials, spent fuel disposition (called "waste" in current public discourse) and developing a sustainable energy system. Students from other divisions are invited to attend.
Target Audience: Summer Students at NE or other Argonne Divisions.

Date & Place



June 8, 2010
at 2:00 pm
in Bldg. 208/A138

Ice cream social
after this seminar!

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Fast Reactor Physics and Isotopics
Robert N. Hill, Department Manager,
Nuclear Systems Analysis Department

Seminar Abstract:

How fast reactor physics differs from thermal reactor physics, and how the fast spectrum allows pursuit of various strategic objectives, e.g., resource extension, actinide burnup in lieu of disposal, weapons material disposition.

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Robert N. Hill

June 22, 2010
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

Experimental Programs
Mitch Farmer, Manager, Engineering Development Labs Section

Seminar Abstract:

Defense in depth: Argonne experimental studies of molten core/structural material interactions and their impact on reactor safety.

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Mitch Farmer
July 8, 2010
at 2:00 pm
in Bldg. 203 Aud

Nuclear Proliferation: How it Has Happened
Pete Heine, Manager, Technical Nonproliferation and Policy Support Section

Seminar Abstract:

Proliferation threat and response: A brief history of proliferation and the evolution of the nonproliferation regime.

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Pete Heine

July 13, 2010
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

Lead-Cooled Fast Reactors (LFRs)
James J. Sienicki, Manager, Innovative Systems Development Section

Seminar Abstract:

What kind of nuclear power reactors are the right reactors for international deployment in developing nations and at sites that are off-grid? Lead-cooled natural circulation fast reactors with long lifetime-cores and the capability to autonomously follow changes in load demand meet the requirements for international deployment including proliferation resistance. An example of such a reactor is the Small Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor (SSTAR) developed here in NE. Some of the interesting design considerations for lead coolant shall also be discussed.

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James Sienicki

Warning CHANGE:
New location

July 21, 2010

at 9:00 am
in Bldg. 362 Aud

~ Division of Educational Programs Series ~
Nuclear Energy: Facts and Politics

Roger N. Blomquist, Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Systems Analysis Department

Seminar Abstract:

An introduction to how reactors work and what distinguishes them from nuclear warheads, followed by a discussion of nuclear energy issues.

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Roger Blomquist

July 27, 2010
at 10:00 am
in Bldg. 208/A138

Nuclear Detection
Ray T. Klann, Nuclear Engineer, Sensors & Instrumentation, System Technologies & Diagnostics Department

Seminar Abstract:

Several government agencies (including the DOE, DHS, DOD) are tasked with protecting the homeland and responding to radiological and nuclear emergencies. Passive radiation detectors (for alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron detection) are used to support these missions. This seminar will provide an overview of radiation detector principles for the detection and identification of special nuclear materials (SNM) and RDD materials. Radiation detectors that are used for homeland security and national security applications will be discussed. Once a radioactive source is discovered, it must be identified (by isotope) and characterized to determine if it is a threat. The basics of gamma-ray spectroscopy for isotope identification will also be presented.

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R.T. Klann

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