Industrial Applications and Chemistry Section

Technical Meeting (TM 36838) on

Fast Neutron Resonance Radiography Applications

IAEA HQ, Vienna , Austria

24 to 28 August 2009


participation form (pdf) (doc)

paper submission form (pdf) (doc)

grant application form (pdf) (doc)



Neutron radiography is a well-known imaging technique among those working at nuclear research facilities. However, the move from laboratory to industry has been hampered by the generally large neutron flux requirements and by the relatively small number of nuclear research reactors. The development of imaging techniques that require lower total neutron exposure than traditional methods, coupled with improvements to non-reactor neutron sources suggests that broader application of neutron radiology may be imminent. The availability of a high-intensity neutron source would open up new and exciting research possibilities, including medical and biological applications, material research, airport security, mine detection, non-proliferation technologies, and other radiographic applications.

Fast neutron resonance radiography is one of the suggested methods to measure the 2-dimensional elemental distribution of low-Z elements in samples. Fast neutrons can penetrate massive samples and their interaction cross section shows comparably small variation between the different elements, (compared to X-rays or thermal neutrons). Possible applications are in airport security (luggage and cargo inspection, mining and in the field of non destructive testing where sensitivity to the distribution of light elements in the presence of high Z shielding material is required. The method is based on the distinct energy dependence of the neutron cross section of the elements of interest. By taking several radiographs with neutrons of selected energies it is possible to derive the spatial distributions of the wanted elements either by digital subtraction of images if the distribution of single elements is wanted or by unfolding methods if mapping of the distribution of several elements is of interest.


The overall objective of this Technical Meeting is to provide a forum to exchange ideas and information about the applications of fast neutron resonance radiography and to review the current status, developments (source, detection systems, and analysis methods) and trends in this field.

Through scientific presentations and brainstorming discussions, it is anticipated that this meeting will achieve the following specific objectives:

•  To identify common issue areas of fast neutron resonance radiography applications

•  To suggest collaborative research activities in this area that the IAEA could promote and facilitate.

•  To produce a meeting report summarizing the panel's findings and recommendations


The format of the meeting will be invited and contributed oral presentations presented in sessions devoted to special topics, with subsequent discussions. There will be some restriction on the duration of presentations. An electronic projector with a computer capable of reading CDs and memory sticks will be available (Power Point or Acrobat recommended). The official language of the meeting is English. No interpretation will be provided. It is expected that the meeting will start at 09:00 on 24 August 2009 and conclude by 16:00 on 28 August 2009.


In order to participate in the meeting, the following major steps must be completed:

1) Abstract Submission

Persons wishing to make a presentation must submit an abstract, maximum one page total length, in electronic format directly to . The abstract must be text only and must contain the author's name, affiliation and email address. Acceptable file formats are LaTeX, Microsoft Word, HTML, or plain text. The one page abstract must be received by 05 June 2009 . The abstracts will be evaluated, and authors informed of the acceptance of their contributions by email, by 26 June 2009. The program agenda and a book of abstracts will be prepared and emailed to all participants as PDF file attachments.

Important : Contributors of material to be included in the Agency proceedings are required to assign all copyrights or rights to publish to the Agency.

The authors should make sure that the files do not include copyrighted fonts or other impediments for reproduction.

The abstract shall be prepared according to the following instructions:

1) Page size: A4 (21 cm by 29.7 mm) - vertical orientation

2) Margins 25mm all around

3) Layout:

•  Title: single-spaced, 14-point size, Times New Roman Font (TNR), bold

•  Authors: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font

•  Affiliation: single-spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font, italic

•  Text: 1.5 spaced, 12-point size, TNR Font

•  Length: one page

Important: In case of sending Microsoft Word files, authors should use True Type Embedded Fonts (when saving the file, click Tools, then Options, and tick Embed True Type fonts. This will help to prevent change of fonts when the file is read in a different system, as it will be in most of the cases).

2) IAEA participation

A participant will be accepted only if the participation form is transmitted through the appropriate Governmental representative authority (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority), by 05 June 2009.

Persons from IAEA Member States or invited international organizations are eligible to attend. Participants should be persons actively involved in the subject matter of the meeting. All persons wishing to participate in the work of this meeting are requested to complete a Participation Form and send it as soon as possible to the IAEA. Participants whose designations have been received by the IAEA will receive further details approximately two to three months before the meeting.


The presentations should be sent either as a Microsoft Word file, Power Point file, or Adobe PDF format file, complete with all text, figures and tables. All presentations will be converted as received, to an Adobe PDF file and placed on a CD-ROM for distribution to all participants at the meeting.


A manuscript will be prepared to be included in the meeting proceedings compiled by the IAEA in CD-ROM format (it will be available on the web and will include the presentations of authors submitting a manuscript). For detailed instructions regarding how to prepare the manuscript please check the link Author Instructions . Authors must submit a signed copyright Form to the IAEA for copyright purposes. Electronic version of papers will be collected during the meeting.


The costs for the organization of the meeting are borne by the IAEA and the Host Government. No registration fee is charged to participants. As a general rule, the IAEA does not pay for participants´ travel and living expenses. However, limited financial support is available to assist the attendance of selected experts, principally those from developing Member States. Usually only one grant for financial support is awarded per Member State . If participants or governments wish to apply for a grant on behalf of one of their experts, they should ensure that applications for grants are:

•  Received by the IAEA Scientific Secretary by 05 June 2009, and

•  Accompanied by a duly completed and signed grant application form.

Applications that do not comply with these requirements will not be considered. The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums usually covering only part of the cost of attendance. The grants are paid at the meeting. Grants for financial support will be announced around 26 June 2009.


Designated participants who require a visa to enter Austria should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Austria as soon as possible. A letter of invitation, if needed, has to be requested from the IAEA Scientific Secretary.


It is the responsibility of the participants to arrange their accommodation. However, we have made provisional reservations at the Austria Classic Hotel Wien at the special rate of € 88 per night per room, including all taxes and breakfast buffet. Should you wish to confirm this reservation, please contact Enrique Nacif by 1st July at the latest . Detailed information on transport arrangements and other items will be sent to all designated participants approximately one to two months before the meeting.

Useful information for participants in meetings at IAEA HQ in Vienna (how to reach the VIC, how to reach the airport, how to register on first day of the meeting, etc.) can be found here.


05 June 2009: Submittal of abstracts according to the instructions above closes

05 June 2009: Submittal of requests to the IAEA for financial support according to the instructions above closes

26 June 2009: Participants informed of the acceptance of their contributions

26 June 2009: Participants will be informed of the acceptance of their request for financial support

1 July 2009: Confirmation of pre-booked hotel room at special rate

24 August 2009: Meeting begins



Ms Françoise Mulhauser

NAPC Physics Section
International Atomic Energy Agency
Office A2373
Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21753, Fax: +43 1 26007-21753


Mr Enrique Nacif

NAPC Industrial Applications and Chemistry Section
International Atomic Energy Agency
Office A2370
Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
Tel.: +43 1 2600-21747, Fax: +43 1 26007 21747

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