Dr. Alberto Talamo
Principal Nuclear Engineer,
Applied Physics & Nuclear Data Section
Postdoctoral Researcher, July 2006 – June 2007
Supervisor: Yousry Gohar
My first assignment at Argonne was to investigate the medical isotope production at the planned Neutron Source Experimental Facility of the Kharkov Institute of Technology, Ukraine. The facility consists of a subcritical assembly driven by an electron beam and it will be the first driven subcritical assembly with non-zero power in the world. The medical isotope analyses considered more than 50 different isotopes with diverse transmutation chains, which included neutron capture, fission, double neutron capture, inelastic scattering, neutron-proton and photonuclear reactions.
The next part of my studies was to develop an accurate Monte Carlo models of the YALINA-Booster and YALINA-Thermal facilities of the Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research-SOSNY, Belarus. The modelling was performed by the MCNP/MCNPX, MCB and MONK computer codes and the obtained results confirmed the reliability of the developed Monte Carlo models for predicting experimental results. A particular attention has been dedicated to pulsed neutron source experiments which required the development of a new calculational procedure.
Working at Argonne gave me the unique opportunity to enrich my technical skills by interacting with very experienced staff: I have learned the advanced features of sophisticated neutronic codes as well as innovative calculation methodologies in a short period of time. During my appointment I enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with many scientists around the world on several international research projects coordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).