Dr. Arnd Junghans

Project leader
Nuclear Physics
Phone: +49 351 260 3589

525. Wilhelm und Else Heraeus-Seminar

"Nuclear Physics Data for the Transmutation of Nuclear Waste"

February 25-27, 2013

Bad Honnef, Germany



Electricity production through nuclear power plants while having the merit of very low green-house gas emissions has caused the formation of spent nuclear fuel which is the main source of highly radioactive waste. Partitioning and Transmutation of spent nuclear fuel could be a future technology that could  significantly reduce the radiotoxicity, the heat production and the volumes of the waste and thus reduce the burden on a final storage .

The transmutation of long-lived actinides into shorter lived nuclides is most efficient with the use of fast neutrons in the Mega-electron volt range. The nuclear data base for reactions with fast neutrons is a fundamental ingredient for the development of transmutation technology, as e.g. accelerator driven system (ADS).

The seminar will bring together international scientists working on the relevant nuclear data and reactions and on the nuclear engineering and design of transmutation facilities.  The basic scientific concepts of nuclear data measurements  and theory will be presented together with  the development of transmutation technologies. The most important European developments in these fields will be presented by renowned lecturers.

Especially the young scientist involved will have an opportunity to understand how fundamental nuclear data influence the potential of nuclear transmutation.  The seminar will introduce basic scientific concepts, will identify the international views on state-of-the-art of science and technology and will underline the main future options and challenges together with possible strategies towards a successful implementation of this technology. Nuclear reaction studies relevant to transmutation of the TRAKULA project (BMBF "Energie 2020+" 02NUK13) will be presented.

The involvement of young scientists will be essential in the seminar. Dedicated poster sessions are planned for the  presentation of their work include brief oral presentations of the most important results and problems.  "Best Poster Awards" will be assigned.

This seminar is kindly supported by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.

5th TRAKULA graduate seminar - “Nuclear Physics Data for the Transmutation of Nuclear Waste”

When: 25.-27.02.2013
Where: Physikzentrum Bad Honnef Hauptstr. 5
53604 Bad Honnef



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Sunday, 24 February 2013
17:00 - 21:00 Registration
18:30 - 24:00 Buffet supper / informal get together
Monday, 25 February 2013
07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 - 08:45 Arnd Junghans Welcome and introduction
08:45 - 09:45 Andrei Rineiski Transmutation: Principles, systems and scenarios
09:45 - 10:30 Jean-Paul Grouiller The ASTRID project and its transmutation capabilities
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45 Hamid Aït Abderrahim Future advanced nuclear systems and role of MYRRHA
11:45 - 12:30 Ulrich Ratzinger High current driver linacs
12:30 - 12:35 Conference photo
12:35 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 Bruno Merk Nuclear safety aspects of fast reactors and accelerator driven systems
14:45 - 15:30 Laurent Audouin Integral experiments for the validation of cross sections
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 18:00 Poster session I
18:30 - 24:00 Conference dinner
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
07:30 - 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 - 09:30 Frank Gunsing Introduction to neutron-induced reactions and the R-matrix formalism
09:30 - 10:15 Jutta Escher Reaction theory and modeling for nuclear waste transmutation and other applications
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 11:45 Karl-Heinz Schmidt Theory and models of nuclear fission
11:45 - 12:30 Beatriz Jurado Experiments to investigate the surrogate-reaction method
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:40 Ralf Nolte Reference instruments and standard cross sections for neutron measurements
14:40 - 15:40 Robert Jaqmin JEFF nuclear data file and GEDEPEON activities for transmutation applications
15:40 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 16:40 Roberto Capote Nuclear data evaluation methodology: EMPIRE modelling code and the recommended input parameter library
16:40 - 18:00 Poster session II
18:30 - 24:00 Dinner
20:00 - 20:10 Poster awards
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 Arjan Plompen Investigations on actinide fission and neutron inelastic scattering
9:30 – 10:10 Peter Reiter Position sensitive gamma-radiation detection
10:10 – 10:50 Thomas Faestermann Concentration measurements of long-lived radionuclides
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break
11:10 – 11:50 Arnd Junghans Neutron time of flight measurements at nELBE
11:50 – 12:30 Syed Qaim Activation cross section measurements of neutron induced reactions
12:30 – 13:10 Klaus Eberhardt Actinide targets for nuclear research
13:10 – 13:15 Scientific Organization Summary remarks
13:30 Lunch
15:00 End of the seminar, Goodbye coffee and departure

Conference Photo


The Organizers: Arnd R. Junghans, E. Grosse, K. ZuberBad_Honnef_TRAKULA_Organizers.jpg