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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.
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 190 | Number 3 | June 2018 | Pages 258-270
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.1080/00295639.2018.1429173
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
We present a self-consistency analysis of fission product yield evaluations. Anomalous yields are determined using a series of simple conservation checks and comparing charge distributions with common parameterizations. The summed average prompt neutron multiplicity for both products as a function of the heavy product mass is derived directly from the independent fission product yields with a procedure utilizing average charge conservation. This procedure is validated with Monte Carlo simulations of the de-excitation of the fission fragments in a Hauser-Feshbach statistical decay framework. The derived is compared with experimental data, when available, and then used to determine the prompt neutron multiplicity for the various evaluations. The propagated errors on from the average charge conservation method are significantly lower than the simple summation rules, which reveals that some evaluations are inconsistent with prompt neutron data. We propose possible solutions to remedy the observed inconsistencies and identify sources of the observed differences in between the various evaluation libraries.