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Isotopes & Radiation
Members are devoted to applying nuclear science and engineering technologies involving isotopes, radiation applications, and associated equipment in scientific research, development, and industrial processes. Their interests lie primarily in education, industrial uses, biology, medicine, and health physics. Division committees include Analytical Applications of Isotopes and Radiation, Biology and Medicine, Radiation Applications, Radiation Sources and Detection, and Thermal Power Sources.
Conference on Nuclear Training and Education: A Biennial International Forum (CONTE 2023)
February 6–9, 2023
Amelia Island, FL|Omni Amelia Island Resort
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University of Florida-led consortium to research nuclear forensics
A 16-university team of 31 scientists and engineers, under the title Consortium for Nuclear Forensics and led by the University of Florida, has been selected by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop the next generation of new technologies and insights in nuclear forensics.
Troy Howe, Steve Howe, Jack Miller
Nuclear Technology | Volume 207 | Number 6 | June 2021 | Pages 866-875
Technical Note | doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1832814
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The space industry is expanding at an increasing rate. While most efforts are currently focused on Earth and lunar orbits, it is only a matter of time before affordable exploration missions into deep space become more prevalent. Nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) with large quantities of power have been theorized for such missions with many advantages over traditional solar panels and radioisotope power sources. Key among NEP issues has been the power conversion system, often falling upon dynamic cycles over solid-state options like thermoelectric generators (TEGs) because of low efficiencies. Howe Industries has conceptualized a deep space probe capable of transporting cube satellites (CubeSats) and other payloads to deep space utilizing NEP based on an advanced TEG power conversion system with efficiencies that would challenge traditional dynamic power conversion cycles. Experimentation at a TRIGA research reactor has shown a potential for 20 to 50 times increase in electrical conductivity of potential thermoelectric materials, which would correlate to large increases in efficiencies over traditional TEGs.