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EURADOS Training Course - Application of Monte Carlo Methods for Individual Monitoring and Dosimetry of Ionizing Radiation

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IFJ Krakow
23/04/2022 - 24/04/2022

Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN
ul. Radzikowskiego 152

31-342 Kraków
Poland
(GPS Coordinates: 50.088754, 19.889687)

English

Overview

The Monte Carlo (MC) method is a numerical simulation technique that is widely used to model ionizing radiation transport for dosimetry and radiological protection. A 2nd training course on individual monitoring dosimetry applications of MC simulations is being organized by the European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS), following its postponement from 2020 and the successful first running of the course in Karlsruhe, Germany in March 2018.

The course immediately precedes the joint International Conference on Individual Monitoring of Ionising Radiation (IM2022) and Neutron and Ion Dosimetry Symposium (NEUDOS-14) and is aimed primarily at PhD students and young investigators working in the field of dosimetry of ionizing radiation.

The course will consist of two days of modules presenting fundamentals required for computational dosimetry applications for individual monitoring. As well as lectures covering the most important aspects behind dosimetry and personal monitoring, the course will provide hands on training in practical sessions.

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Topics

Internationally renowned experts will provide lectures and guide practical exercises. The course will consist of modules on:

  • Dose quantities and units, including the changes proposed recently by ICRU
  • Discussion of instruments, detectors and dosemeters
  • Introduction to the physics relevant to individual monitoring for photons and neutrons
  • Application of simulations in individual monitoring for calibration, personal dosimetry and area monitoring

Extended practical sessions will guide participants through the design and development of an idealized personal dosemeter. Reference solutions will be provided after each session, with time allowed for discussions and questions.

Audience

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 30 participants, so early registration is recommended.

Programme

Provisional Course Timetable (Download a pdf of the programme)

Saturday 23rd April 2022:
09:00   Welcome, Introduction, Housekeeping (Eakins)
09:05   ‘Dose Quantities’ lecture (Van Hoey)
10:00   ‘Instruments, Detectors and Dosemeters’ lecture (Van Hoey)
11:00   Coffee Break
11:15   Introduction to the Albedo Dosemeter exercise (Eakins)
11:30   Practical Session 1: Surfaces, cells, materials, tallies etc. (Eakins)
13:00   Lunch
14:00   Practical Session 1 (continued)
14:30   Discussion of input / output file for photon-only dosemeter (Eakins)
15:00   ‘Including Neutrons’ lecture: materials, cross-sections, tallies, additional physics etc. (Gómez-Ros)
15:15   Practical Session 2: Combined photon / neutron dosemeter (Gómez-Ros)
16:15   Coffee Break
16:30   Discussion of input / output file for photon/neutron dosemeter (Gómez-Ros)
17:00   Practical Session 3: The effects of backscatter (Van Hoey)
17:30   Practical session 3 discussion (Van Hoey)
17:45   Q&A / discussion of day (All)
18:00   End

Sunday 24th April 2022:
09:00   ‘Calculating dose quantities in radiological protection’ lecture (Gómez-Ros)
09:15   Practical Session 4: Calculating Hp(10,0°) for 137Cs (Gómez-Ros)
10:45   Coffee Break
11:00   ‘Albedo Response: absorbed doses to Hp(10)’ lecture (Eakins)
11:15   ‘Common successes and pitfalls’ lecture (Gómez-Ros)
11:30   Exercise completion and discussions
12:30   Lunch
13:30   ‘New ICRU quantities and their impacts for dosimetry’ lecture (Eakins)
14:00   ‘Further applications of MC for dosimetry’ lecture (Van Hoey)
14:30   Practical Session 5: Example applications in dosimetry (Van Hoey)
15:30   Coffee Break
15:45   Practical Session 5: Example applications in dosimetry (continued)
17:30   Introduction to optional test exercise (Eakins)
17:45   Discussions and Q&A (All)
18:00   End

Notes:

  • The course is intended to be relatively informal and flexible, so the times and durations of the sessions may change to match the needs of the group.
  • Participants have the option of bringing their own problems or applications to work on during Practical Session 5, which the course tutors will endeavour to assist with.
  • Participants will have 1 month to submit solutions to the optional test exercise, success in which will gain a ‘Pass’ certificate for the course.

Required Knowledge

Participants need to have working knowledge of Monte Carlo simulations for radiation transport to get the most from the course. The practical sessions will use the Monte Carlo code MCNP, so participants should optimally bring their own laptop for working during the practicals, upon which a licensed copy of MCNP should be installed. No general use PCs will be provided, nor advice on installing or configuring the MCNP software itself.

Key dates

Course date: April 23-24, 2022
Deadline for registration and payments: February 28, 2022

Organisation

About the lecturers:

Dr. Jon Eakins is a physicist working at the Radiation, Chemical and Environment Division (RCE) of the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA). He has an MSci degree in physics from the University of Bristol, a PhD in mathematical physics from the University of Nottingham, and seventeen years’ postdoctoral research experience in the dosimetry of external ionizing radiation with a particular focus on Monte Carlo modelling techniques using the MCNP family of codes. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, on topics including: passive dosemeter and active instrument design; field characterization; shielding applications; dose quantities; dosimetry of microparticles; and emergency and retrospective dosimetry. He leads task groups in EURADOS Working Group 6 (Computational Dosimetry) and Working Group 10 (Retrospective Dosimetry), and is a member of the UK Shielding Forum. (jonathan [dot] eakins [at] phe [dot] gov [dot] uk)

Dr. José-Maria Gómez-Ros is a physicist working as Head of the Ionizing Radiation Dosimetry Unit of the Environmental Department in CIEMAT (Spain). He has an MSc degree in physics (UAM, Spain), a MSc degree in mathematics (UCM, Spain), a PhD in physics (UAM, Spain) and some thirty years’ postdoctoral research experience in radiation dosimetry, mainly in thermoluminescence dosimetry, Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport and neutron dosimetry. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers on these topics. He's secretary of International Solid-State Dosimetry Organization (ISSDO), full member of EURADOS Working Group 6 (Computational Dosimetry) and member of the Spanish Society for Radiological Protection (SEPR) and Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF). (jm [dot] gomezros [at] ciemat [dot] es)

Dr. Olivier Van Hoey is a physicist working at the Radiation Protection Dosimetry and Calibration (RDC) expert group of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK CEN). He has a MSci degree in Physics and Astronomy and a PhD in Engineering Physics from Ghent University and seven years postdoctoral research experience in different fields of dosimetry at SCK CEN. He conducts research in computational dosimetry, accident dosimetry, neutron dosimetry, space dosimetry and radiotherapy dosimetry and is responsible for the scientific support and quality control of the SCK CEN personal dosimetry service and has published more than 30 peer reviewed papers. He has wide experience with MCNP for dosimetric and shielding applications and regularly gives courses on dosimetry and radiation measurements for the SCK CEN Academy. He is also full member of EURADOS Working Groups 6 (Computational Dosimetry), 9 (Radiation Dosimetry in Radiotherapy) and 10 (Retrospective Dosimetry). (olivier [dot] van [dot] hoey [at] sckcen [dot] be)

Price

Fees:
Students and EURADOS sponsors: 200 €
All others: 250 €

Prices are settled in Euros (€) and include lunches and refreshments but exclude taxes.
Payment should be made to the EURADOS Office.
Invoices will be issued after the registration form has been submitted.
The deadline for registration and payment is 28th February 2022.

Registration info

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The deadline for registration and payment is 28th February 2022.

Accommodation

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