Nuclear energy

Argonne confirms new commercial method for producing medical isotopeJune 15, 2015

Argonne National Laboratory recently teamed with SHINE Medical Technologies to demonstrate the production, separation and purification of a critical medical radioisotope that is used in millions of medical procedures each year, but is not produced domestically.

Facility Decommissioning Training Course
Argonne will offer its popular training course "Facility Decommissioning” on Tuesday, October 6, through Thursday, October 8, 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA, USA.

The Argonne course is considered a must for those looking to understand the full breadth / cross-section of all decommissioning processes. Tuition is $1,295. Online registration is open.

RERTR 2015 International Meeting

"Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors"

The U.S. Department of Energy / National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Material Management and Minimization (M3) will host the "RERTR-2015 International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors" with the support of the IAEA.

Mark Peters named an ANS FellowJune 3, 2015

Associate Laboratory Director Mark Peters was honored this week as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. Fellow is the highest member status presented by the society, and is granted for outstanding accomplishments in the areas of nuclear science and technology.

Understanding Relativity
My first experience with Special and General Relativity was in 1956 when fate intervened and I bought a 50-cent paperback book, One Two Three – Infinity by George Gamow. Then, finishing my undergraduate studies in 1963, I took a 400-level course on the theory of relativity. This turned-out to be a bad idea because it was almost exclusively based on tensor calculus to describe four-dimensional curved spacetimes, and I didn’t gain much more of a real understanding of relativity than back in 1956.
CFD Code Validation in a World of Flawed Experimentalists
Our research group conducts fluid mechanics experiments that generate data to validate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. Analysts use this data to check their simulations against the real world, i.e., nature. But is our data reliable? Much of it comes from exotic instruments lacking calibration certificates traceable to recognized standards. This should be unsettling since analysts' efforts are sometimes squandered on validation exercises compromised by poor experimental data. What can we do?