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IAEA Technical Meeting in collaboration with NEA on

Specific Applications of Research Reactors: Provision of Nuclear Data

12-16 October 2009
IAEA, Vienna, Austria

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Research reactors (RRs) have played and continue to play a key role in the development of the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The main applications of most RRs continue to be radioisotope production, neutron beam applications, silicon doping and material irradiation for nuclear systems, as well as teaching and training for human resource development. On the other hand, the last International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science

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  • and Technology, held in Nice (France) from 22 to 27 April 2007, has placed special emphasis on atomic and nuclear data needs for basic nuclear physics research, innovative power reactors and fuel cycles (e.g. dedicated reactors for nuclear waste transmutation, accelerator driven systems, Th-U fuel cycle, etc.), as well as efforts to realize fusion reactors (e.g. ITER) and to test materials needed for such facilities, medical applications including radioisotope production, computer simulations of radiation doses to patients and advanced cancer therapies, and analytical techniques adopted for cultural heritage diagnostics and materials composition analysis. RRs continue to occupy a visible and important place in these areas of study and application, along with dedicated accelerator-based neutron sources. For example, some installations like Lohengrin Fission Fragment Separator at Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, remains a unique place to study fission fragments and their properties from thermal neutron induced fission. Equally, one has to mention the importance of integral measurements performed at RRs to validate evaluated nuclear data libraries used by neutron transport and material evolution codes. In this respect, a new initiative of the NEA Working Party on Evaluation Cooperation has been launched in order to develop methods that combine integral experimental data from RRs and various differential data to examine targeted accuracies for different reactions, isotopes and energy ranges as long as they might affect the integral neutronic parameters used for the design of new nuclear reactors. Finally, some cross-section measurements for short-lived and on-line produced radioactive target nuclei are possible only at RRs because of the high neutron fluxes available.

    The meeting will focus on the specific application of RRs in provision of basic atomic and nuclear data. The following subjects are of high priority:

    • Cross-section measurements (e.g. capture, fission, branching ratios, neutron multiplicities, etc.) in thermal, epithermal and fast (fission) neutron energy regions
    • Measurements of averaged cross sections in a known neutron energy spectrum
    • Measurements of fission fragments (e.g. mass and charge distributions)
    • Decay studies of fission fragments and activation products
    • Measurements of delayed neutron yields and time characteristics
    • Dedicated irradiation experiments for incineration/transmutation studies
    • Dedicated integral experiments and modelling to validate evaluated nuclear data libraries


    The meeting will also provide a forum to exchange ideas and information through scientific presentations and brainstorming discussions, leading to the following overall objectives:

    • enhancement of RR utilization in Member States for practical applications
    • increased cooperation between different RR centres and user communities
    • promotion and development of specific applications of RRs.


    The principal output of the meeting will be a meeting report summarizing the panel’s findings and recommendations. This document will describe and define the present status, and the priorities and future needs of participants in the field of Research Reactor Application for the provision of nuclear data. In addition, the full proceedings will be published as an IAEA-TECDOC.

    The format of the meeting will be invited and contributed oral presentations presented in sessions devoted to special topics, with subsequent discussions. 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. The meeting will start at 09:00 on 12 October 2009, and will be concluded by 17:00 on 16 October 2009.

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

    1) Pre-registration
    Online pre-registration is open for all interested participants. In addition, all further steps specified below must be completed in order for final registration to be accepted. For online pre-registration please follow the link Online Pre-registration.

    2) Abstract Submission
    Persons wishing to make a presentation must submit an abstract of maximum one page in total length, in electronic format directly to The abstract must be text only and must contain the author’s name, affiliation and e-mail address. Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word or plain text. The authors should make sure that the files do not include copyrighted fonts or other impediments for reproduction. The abstract template can be reloaded from: abstract_template.doc.

    The one page abstract must be received by 1 July 2009. The abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee, and authors informed of the acceptance of their contributions by e-mail, by 1 August 2009. The program agenda and a book of abstracts will be prepared and e-mailed to all participants as PDF file attachments before the meeting.

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

    3) IAEA participation
    A request for participation will only be accepted if the Participation Form (form A) is transmitted through the appropriate Governmental representative authority (i.e. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Atomic Energy Authority) requesting nomination and, if the IAEA receives the nomination by 1 July 2009.

    Persons from IAEA Member States or invited international organizations are eligible to attend. Participants should be 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 8 weeks before the meeting.

    The presentations should be prepared 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 end of the meeting.

    The manuscripts will be prepared to be included in the meeting proceedings compiled by the Agency as an IAEA-TECDOC. Authors must submit a signed Paper Submission Form (form B) to the IAEA for copyright purposes. Electronic version of papers will be collected during the meeting. For detailed instructions regarding how to prepare the manuscript please check the following link.

    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 who will make an oral presentation, 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 1 July 2009,
    • Accompanied by a duly completed and signed Grant Application Form(form C)
    • The participant has an accepted contribution.


    Applications that do not comply with these requirements will not be considered. The grants awarded will be in the form of lump sums and will be paid at the meeting. Grants for financial support will be announced around 10 August 2009.

    The IAEA will send official invitation letters to designated participants which are intended to assist with visa arrangements if needed. Participants requiring a visa to enter Austria should submit the necessary application to the nearest diplomatic or consular representative of Austria in their country as soon as they receive the official invitation letter.

    It is the responsibility of the participants to arrange their accommodation. A list of hotel for reference and detailed information on transport arrangements to/from Vienna and other organizational items will be sent to all designated participants approximately 8 weeks before the meeting.


    1 July 2009: Submittal of abstracts according to the instructions above closes
    1 July 2009: Submittal of requests to the IAEA for financial support closes
    1 August 2009: Participants informed of the acceptance of their contributions
    10 August 2009: Participants informed of the acceptance of their request for financial support
    12 October 2009: Meeting begins
    16 October 2009: Submittal of final manuscripts (electronic version of papers)




    Mr Danas Ridikas
    NAPC Physics Section
    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Office A2302
    Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
    Tel.: +43 1 2600-21751
    Fax: +43 1 26007-21754


    Mr Vladimir Pronyaev, NAPC Nuclear Data Section
    Mr Danas Ridikas, IAEA, NAPC Physics Section
    Ms Yolanda Rugama, NEA, Nuclear Science Section

    Ms Cecilia Devia Torres
    NAPC Physics Section
    International Atomic Energy Agency
    Office A2307
    Wagramer Strasse 5, P.O. Box 100, A1400 Vienna, Austria
    Tel.: +43 1 2600-6393, Fax: +43 1 26007-21754