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HPS's Eric Goldin: On health physics
Eric Goldin, president of the Health Physics Society, is a radiation safety specialist with 40 years of experience in power reactor health physics, supporting worker and public radiation safety programs. A certified health physicist since 1984, he has served on the American Board of Health Physics, and since 2004, he has been a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements’ Program Area Committee 2, which provides guidance for radiation safety in occupational settings for a variety of industries and activities. He was awarded HPS Fellow status in 2012 and was elected to the NCRP in 2014.
Goldin’s radiological engineering experience includes ALARA programs, instrumentation, radioactive waste management, emergency planning, dosimetry, decommissioning, licensing, effluents, and environmental monitoring.
The HPS, headquartered in Herndon, Va., is the largest radiation safety society in the world. Its membership includes scientists, safety professionals, physicists, engineers, attorneys, and other professionals from academia, industry, medical institutions, state and federal government, the national laboratories, the military, and other organizations.
The HPS’s activities include encouraging research in radiation science, developing standards, and disseminating radiation safety information. Its members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling the potential risks from radiation relative to the benefits.
Goldin talked about the HPS and health physics activities with Rick Michal, editor-in-chief of Nuclear News.
Jesse C. Holmes, Ayman I. Hawari, Michael L. Zerkle
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 184 | Number 1 | September 2016 | Pages 84-113
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE15-89
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The S(α, β) double-differential thermal neutron scattering law tabulated in Evaluated Nuclear Data File (ENDF) File 7 is, by convention, produced theoretically through fundamental scattering physics models. Currently, no published ENDF evaluations contain covariance data for S(α, β) or associated scattering cross sections. Furthermore, no accepted methodology exists for quantifying or representing these covariances. Thermal scattering cross sections depend on the interatomic structure and dynamics of the material. For many solids, the influence of these properties on inelastic scattering cross sections can be adequately described through the phonon energy spectrum. The phonon spectrum can be viewed as a probability density function and is commonly the fundamental input for calculating S(α, β). Probable variation in the shape of the phonon spectrum may be established that characterizes uncertainties in the physics models and methodology employed in its production. Through Monte Carlo sampling of perturbations from the reference phonon spectrum, an S(α, β) covariance matrix may be generated. With appropriate sensitivity information, the S(α, β) covariance matrix can be propagated to generate covariance data for differential and integral cross sections. In this work, hexagonal graphite is used as an example material for demonstrating the proposed procedures for analyzing, calculating, and processing uncertainty information for theoretically generated thermal neutron inelastic scattering data.