The Physics Section is part of the Department of Nuclear Science and Applications and of the Division of Physical and Chemical Science, while its programme is part of the Major Programme 1 on nuclear power, fuel cycle and nuclear science. Through this programme, the Physics Section supports Member States with regard to the utilization of particle accelerators, research reactors, applications of instrumentation and controlled nuclear fusion, assisting Technical Cooperation Projects in these areas.
The Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory in Seibersdorf is part of the Physics Section. The laboratory supports Member States by providing training, conducting research to develop and improve nuclear technologies and techniques, and offering analytical services to help and strengthen Member State Laboratories.
The Physics Section represents a set of scientific and technical competences supporting IAEA activities and mandate. Physics is the foundation of all modern technology: airplanes, automobiles, computers, lasers, space travel, telephones, television . . . etc. Nuclear Physics refers to phenomena involving nuclear reactions. Nowadays, nuclear physics and nuclear technology are applied in a great variety of social areas, such as power production, medical diagnosis and therapies, environment protection, security control, material tests, food processing, waste treatments, agriculture and artefacts analysis.
Thanks to continuous research efforts and expansion of knowledge in nuclear physics, new and major benefits will come from technological innovations. Our objective is to promote the best solutions available today and to build better solutions for tomorrow.