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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.
Ang Zhu, Brendan Kochunas, Yunlin Xu, Michael Jarrett, Edward Larsen, Thomas Downar
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 186 | Number 3 | June 2017 | Pages 224-238
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2017.1293408
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The lower bounds for the theoretical convergence rate of variants of the Coarse Mesh Finite Difference (CMFD) method for neutron transport acceleration are studied in this paper by generalization of the method into three categories: artificially diffusive CMFD, flux relaxation, and higher-order spatial prolongation operators. A Fourier analysis of the methods demonstrates that artificial diffusion and flux relaxation are mathematically equivalent and arbitrarily scale the coarse mesh to fine mesh projection (CMP) vector. The high-order spatial prolongation method is shown to affect the shape of the CMP vector. As a result, any of the CMFD variants based on these three sets of modifications correspond to a specific CMP vector. The optimization process is performed for the multidimensional vector, and the minimum spectral radius among all possible CMP vectors is shown to be the theoretical lower bound for the CMFD convergence rate. The spectral radius associated with the CMFD convergence rate lower bound is found to be slightly smaller (less than 0.04) than optimally diffusive CMFD(odCMFD), and the difference between odCMFD to the CMFD lower bound is much smaller than the difference between both standard CMFD and partial current–based CMFD to the CMFD lower bound. In addition, the odCMFD method has a distinct advantage in ease of implementation and minimal overhead. Conversely, the implementation necessary to achieve the CMFD lower bound would be very complicated, especially for two- and three-dimensional problems.