ANS is committed to advancing, fostering, and promoting the development and application of nuclear sciences and technologies to benefit society.
Explore the many uses for nuclear science and its impact on energy, the environment, healthcare, food, and more.
Nuclear Installations Safety
Devoted specifically to the safety of nuclear installations and the health and safety of the public, this division seeks a better understanding of the role of safety in the design, construction and operation of nuclear installation facilities. The division also promotes engineering and scientific technology advancement associated with the safety of such facilities.
2024 ANS Annual Conference
June 16–19, 2024
Las Vegas, NV|Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
The Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that address the design, analysis, and operation of components, systems, and facilities related to the application of nuclear science and technology. Find out What’s New, check out the Standards Store, or Get Involved today!
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Fusion Science and Technology
AI can predict and prevent fusion plasma instabilities in milliseconds
A team of engineers, physicists, and data scientists from Princeton University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have used artificial intelligence (AI) to predict—and then avoid—the formation of a specific type of plasma instability in magnetic confinement fusion tokamaks. The researchers built and trained a model using past experimental data from operations at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, Calif., before proving through real-time experiments that their model could forecast so-called tearing mode instabilities up to 300 milliseconds in advance—enough time for an AI controller to adjust operating parameters and avoid a tear in the plasma that could potentially end the fusion reaction.
Nuclear science is the study of one of the smallest things we know—the atomic nucleus. But, even though it’s 100,000 times smaller than an atom, the tiny nucleus has a huge impact on our world. Nuclear science and technology bring us cancer treatments, power for space missions, new crop varieties, safer medical supplies, and some of the cleanest and greenest ways of generating electricity.
Come with us to explore the many uses for nuclear science and its impact on energy, the environment, healthcare, food, and more.
Nuclear Science 101
The study of nuclear science begins when the atom was first imagined more than 2,000 years ago. But the nucleus, the foundation of nuclear science and technology, wasn't discovered until 1909. Learn about nuclear nuclear science, its history and the processes behind technologies from the past, present and into the future.
Nuclear binding energy holds the atoms that make up our universe together. This energy is released when atoms split apart, undergoing fission, and when smaller atoms combine together through fusion. Fission and fusion create abundant energy without releasing harmful pollutants--including carbon dioxide--into the atmosphere, making nuclear a clean, green solution for our energy future.
Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World
Engage students with curriculum for grades 3 through 12 backed by the expertise of leaders in nuclear science—the members of the American Nuclear Society and the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy. Resources include STEM project starters, digital lesson plans, nuclear industry career profiles, and exciting Virtual Field Trips!
Our programs serves educators and students through a suite of resources, including classroom visits by nuclear science professionals and researchers, career exploration opportunities, teacher training and out-of-school programs for students.
Along with our Navigating Nuclear curriculum and activities, ANS has many other resources that help create engaging experiences in the classroom or out of school for students of all ages. Make sure to check out our Scouts Patch, 'Get to Know Nuclear'.
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Get to Know Nuclear
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