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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.
Yunzhao Li, Zhipeng Li, Hongchun Wu, Youqi Zheng
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 190 | Number 2 | May 2018 | Pages 134-155
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2017.1417346
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To reduce the calculation effort and memory requirement for high-order PN expansion calculation in the Variational Nodal Method (VNM), the surficial irreducible basis functions based on the symmetry group theory have been employed to block-diagonalize one of the four nodal response matrices. Its effectiveness encourages our further investigation on the application of the symmetry group theory to volumetric expansion to block-diagonalize the remaining three of the nodal response matrices in this paper. By using the symmetry group theory, the neutron transport problem for each node can be decoupled into several independent subproblems as long as both the geometry and the material distribution of the node are symmetric. Each of these subproblems can be solved by using variational principles as in the traditional VNM, providing their nodal response matrices as the diagonal blocks of the corresponding entire ones. For hexagonal-z node, each nodal response matrix can be reduced into 16 diagonal blocks, among which only 12 have to be calculated due to the properly selected irreducible basis functions. In addition, it is also proved that the response matrices with anisotropic scattering can also be block-diagonalized as the same. Calculation results based on typical problems demonstrate that the new method reduces the time cost for the response matrice calculation by one order of magnitude compared with our previous work. For the total computing time, the speedup ratio is about 2 for P3 calculation and 4 for P5 calculation. Furthermore, almost 40% of the memory requirement can be saved.