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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.
Dan Gabriel Cacuci
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 186 | Number 3 | June 2017 | Pages 199-223
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2017.1305244
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Using the problem of inverse prediction from detector responses in the presence of counting uncertainties of the thickness of a homogeneous slab of material containing uniformly distributed gamma-emitting sources, this work investigates the possible reasons for the apparent failure of the traditional inverse-problem methods based on the minimization of chi-square-type functionals to predict accurate results for optically thick slabs. This work also compares the results produced by such methods with the results produced by applying the Predictive Modeling of Coupled Multi-Physics Systems (PM-CMPS) methodology for optically thin and thick slabs. For optically thin slabs, this work shows that both the traditional chi-square-minimization method and the PM-CMPS methodology predict the slab’s thickness accurately. However, the PM-CMPS methodology is considerably more efficient computationally, and a single application of the PM-CMPS methodology predicts the thin slab’s thickness at least as precisely as the traditional chi-square-minimization method, even though the measurements used in the PM-CMPS methodology were ten times less accurate than the ones used for the traditional chi-square-minimization method. For optically thick slabs, the results obtained in this work show that: (1) the traditional inverse-problem methods based on the minimization of chi-square-type functionals fail to predict the slab’s thickness; (2) the PM-CMPS methodology underpredicts the slab’s actual physical thickness when imprecise experimental results are assimilated, even though the predicted responses agree within the imposed error criterion with the experimental results; (3) the PM-CMPS methodology correctly predicts the slab’s actual physical thickness when precise experimental results are assimilated, while also predicting the physically correct response within the selected precision criterion; and (4) the PM-CMPS methodology is computational vastly more efficient while yielding significantly more accurate results than the traditional chi-square-minimization methodology.