Applications of Nuclear Science for Stewardship Science
Jolie Cizewski;
Rutgers University, USA
Nuclear science has a long tradition of impacts beyond basic research, ranging from medicine to national security and energy.  More recently, the national security applications include stockpile stewardship science, homeland security, nuclear forensics, and non-proliferation, activities that can be broadly categorized as stewardship science. The Stewardship Science Academic Alliance (SSAA) was inaugurated 10 years ago by the National Nuclear Security Administration of the US Department of Energy to enhance connections between NNSA laboratories and the activities of university scientists and their students in research areas important to NNSA, including low-energy nuclear science.  The SSAA supports a large number of individual investigator projects, as well as one Center of Excellence. SSAA research directions in low-energy nuclear science include: neutron, gamma, and ion-induced reactions with stable and unstable nuclei; advanced simulations and measurement techniques that improve radiation and particle detection in terms of energy, temporal and spatial resolution; and physics of the fission process and properties of prompt fission products.  The present talk would present an overview of recent research in low energy nuclear science supported by the Stewardship Science Academic Alliance and the applications of this research to stewardship science.
This work is supported in part by the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances program through DOE Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FG52-08NA28552.