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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.
Balazs Molnar, Gabor Tolnai, David Legrady
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 190 | Number 1 | April 2018 | Pages 56-72
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2017.1413876
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
A novel particle tracking framework is introduced in this paper that utilizes null-collisions to sample distance to collision in Monte Carlo particle transport problems. The sampling process is described in the most general form as it covers all of the main developments concerning the Woodcock method (delta tracking). We show that none of the previously suggested modifications are optimal in terms of either variance or efficiency. Variance analysis is provided for a general transport problem along with the estimation of computational cost. Simplified models with analytic solutions are further investigated and propositions for optimal settings are discussed based on the derived equations. A well-known variance reduction technique, exponential transform, is found to be a limiting case of the biased Woodcock tracking method and comparison shows the proposed framework may outperform the exponential transform in real-case scenarios.