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PhD in Nuclear Data for Industrial Applications for the safe and efficient operation of current and next-generation reactors, Department of Physics, University of York

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About This PhD Project

Project Description

Accurate nuclear data is important for various applications of nuclear physics. In terms of nuclear energy, it is important for the safe and efficient operation of current and next-generation reactors as well as having high relevance to nuclear decommissioning. Important areas of nuclear data are the cross-sections for neutron-induced reactions at various energies as well as the decay heat of reactors and the details of the fission process.

A UK nuclear data network has recently been established between the Universities of Manchester, Surrey and York linking to relevant industry and national laboratories. We wish to recruit a PhD student from October 2016 to participate strongly in this network and be responsible for collecting and analyzing nuclear data relevant to industry. The relevant experiments will be carried out at the nToF neutron time-of-flight facility at CERN and/or at the similar facility at JPARC in Tokai, Japan. The PhD project will involve travel to these facilities for some weeks to take part in experiments with the potential for longer term placements at these facilities depending on the interests of the student. In addition, as part of the UK network, the student will receive a broad training in the handling and interpretation of nuclear data and the various applications of the data to industry.

An STFC funded PhD project in nuclear applications is available from October 2016. Please contact Professor David Jenkins – [email protected] for further information.

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