A program in the Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering (MANE)

  Dr.Yaron Danon  







Areas of interest and current research

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Nuclear physics and data
Pyroelectric acceleration
Radiation transport
Non-destructive testing
X-ray generation
Medical Istope Production
Assay of Used Nuclear Fuel
Novel Solid-State Neutron Detectors

RPI Nuclear Data (RND) 2011 Symposium for Criticality Safety and Reactor Applications

Nuclear physics and data - the research in this area includes cross-section measurements with the RPI LINAC and other facilities. The RPI LINAC is used to measure transmission, capture and fission cross-sections. The cross sections are measured with thermal and epithermal neutrons. The RPI enhanced thermal target was designed and constructed as part of my PhD. Thesis. This target is still used in today's measurements. The target is optimized to generate high thermal and sub-thermal neutron flux.
RPI hosts the one of two slowing-down spectrometer in the USA and one of the few in the world. As part of the research the high flux in the lead spectrometer was used to measure cross section of nano-grams of short-half life isotopes. We are now exploring the possibility of using the lead slowing down spectrometer for measurements of capture cross sections.

An updated list of publications related to work with the RPI LINAC is available.


Radiation Transport - In this area we use Monte Carlo calculations of neutrons, photons and electron transport. These calculations are used to optimize the neutron production of the LINAC and to calculate the response of various detectors used for cross section measurements.
Recently we started investigating efficient algorithms for Monte Carlo simulations of stochastic transport in 2D and 3D. This work is being done as part of the thesis requirements of the Ph.D. student Tim Donovan.

2D simulation of a particle in a random binary media of circles. The particle started on left and after several collisions was absorbed in one of the circles.

Non-Destructive testing - this research utilizes the lead slowing down spectrometer for assay of spent fuel. We are now exploring the possibility of experimenting with a system for tomography of spent fuel.

Research is also being done on the use of magnetic methods such as eddy currents and Barkhausen noise to characterize defects in materials and under coatings. A teaming effort is underway with the Fatigue & Fracture Analysis Team at Benet Laboratories, US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Watervliet, NY. Efforts are currently focussing on applying eddy current methods to identify different microstructural phases in magnetron sputtered tantalum coatings on steel substrates. Eddy current methods are also being explored for identifying the presence of corrosion under polymer coatings (i.e. paint and primer systems) on steel and aluminum surfaces.