General information


The fourth Neutron Resonance Analysis School will be hosted at the EC-JRC in Geel, Belgium from November 6th to 10th 2017. Previous schools took place in 2008, 2011 and 2014. The school is organized within the FP7 project CHANDA (Solving Challenges in Nuclear Data for the Safety of European Nuclear Facilities), and in collaboration with the UK Nuclear Data Network.

Neutron-induced nuclear reactions are important in a wide range of applications ranging from stellar nucleosynthesis to applications of nuclear technology such as accelerator driven systems, generation IV reactors, transmutation of nuclear waste and nuclear fuel cycle investigations. They are also important for fundamental nuclear physics including symmetry breaking effects in compound nuclei and the investigation of nuclear level densities. Accurate measurements and a careful analysis of measured nuclear data are the crucial basis for evaluated nuclear data libraries, which in their turn form the basis for technological applications.

This school is intended to provide an overview to the measurement and analysis techniques associated with neutron induced reactions alongside the nuclear theory governing these reactions. Lectures and hands-on computer exercises will be alternated. Topics include neutron-induced reactions (including elastic and in-elastic cross section measurements), the optical model and its link to the resonance region, neutron time-of-flight measurements, integral measurements, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear data libraries and more. The use of Monte Carlo radiation transport codes in nuclear data measurements and calculations will be discussed and training for Geant4 will be provided.

The school is aimed at PhD students, post-docs and researchers working in the field related to neutron time-of-flight measurements and neutron resonance analysis. Since the capacity of receiving participants is limited, priority will be given to applications of PhD students and post-docs.


The participation to the school, including lunches from Monday to Friday, is free of charge. A daily transport will be organized between Kasterlee (Motel Cleo, and city centre), and the JRC-Geel.

In addition there is a possibility for limited financial support. Applicants for financial support should submit a CV and a short letter of motivation together with the application form.

If you would like to participate in the school, please fill in the application form before September 8th 2017. You will be notified whether you are selected for participation to the school. In that case you will be requested to supply additional information for access to the JRC.

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