Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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National Criticality Experiments Research Center (NCERC) capabilities

Feb 20, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Courtyard by Marriott
Santa Fe, NM
Evelyn Mullen

Event Description

This talk will provide an overview of the capabilities and machines of NCERC followed by a description of the process of restarting Godiva in a new location as presented at the 2014 ANS Winter Meeting.

Los Alamos National Laboratory maintains the capability to perform criticality experiments at the National Criticality Experiments Research Center (NCERC) at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site). NCERC is the sole remaining facility in the United States capable of conducting general-purpose nuclear materials handling. There are currently four machines—Planet, Flattop, Comet, and Godiva IV—that can be operated remotely above delayed critical to explore reactivity phenomena or to provide high neutron and gamma fields. Godiva IV can also be operated above prompt critical to produce short, intense bursts. NCERC capabilities also include the construction of radiation test objects—high multiplication (but sub-critical) configurations of nuclear material that can be used to test various types of radiation measurements.

Cost: $35 per person (by web sign-up in advance); $40 per person (not pre-paid, at the door); $15 for students and children

More information is available on the ANS website.