The 2017 Nuclear Analytical Techniques (NAT) Summer School will be held at the UC Davis in Davis, CA from August 13 to August 19. We look forward to seeing you at UC Davis. The school will start at 8:30am in the Physics Building Room 185.
Topic: Nuclear Analytical Techniques (NAT)
The program will consist of some lectures, but mostly hands-on activities involving nuclear analytical techniques. Students will perform Neutron Activation Analysis using the McClellan Nuclear Research Center, study proton elastic scattering at the Crocker cyclotron facility, gain experience and skills in counting with NaI and HPGe crystals, and learn about detectors and analysis techniques important across a broad range of science and industry.
There is no registration fee to pay, but you or your institute will be liable for your expenses (travel to and from Davis, accommodation, and meals). For those interested, we will arrange on-campus housing. A limited number of fellowships (provided via NSSC) will be awarded to cover the cost of housing. Please indicate in your application if you are applying for the housing support.
A grant from the National Science Foundation will be used to encourage participation of undergraduate (or first-year graduate) students from underrepresented groups. The NSF grant is available to cover all the cost for 1-2 URM students. Please indicate if you are applying for the URM support.
The summer school is open to graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. Interested graduate students should be enrolled in physics, nuclear chemistry, or nuclear engineering program. Undergraduate applicants should have at least one course in quantum mechanics, differential equations, and modern physics. Typically these students would be entering their senior year. The 2017 NAT summer school is limited to 16 participants.
The deadline for receiving the application is May 15th, 2017. APPLICATION IS CLOSED.
Ben is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis. Past research includes simulation and R&D for the Cherenkov light yield of cosmic ray muon interactions in support of the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE, now DUNE). Currently, he is working on an experiment designed to characterize neutron interactions with liquid argon, in support of the DarkSide dark matter direct-detection search.
Ben Godfrey is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis. His interests include detector R&D and analog electronics. In the past, he has characterized the radiation hardness of static random access memory for use in L1 trigger development at the CMS detector.
Teal Pershing is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis. His research interests include detector R&D and neutrino physics. Teal's past work for NSSC has included assaying of liquid scintillator components using neutron activation analysis. Teal is currently working with the SNO+ neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment to develop a liquid scintillator purification technique through nanofiltration. Teal also develops event generators for the RAT-PAC event simulator/analysis package with the WATCHMAN collaboration.
Aaron Manalaysay is a postdoc in the astroparticle physics group at UC Davis. His research activities have included dark matter direct detection with cryogenic crystals and liquid xenon and very-high-energy gamma-ray astronomy with the up-coming Cherenkov Telescope Array. Currently, he is involved in the LUX dark matter search experiment and R&D efforts for its successor, LZ.
Bob Svoboda is a professor at UC Davis whose interests are in neutrino physics. His NSSC work includes collaboration with LLNL on the deployment and calibration of a neutrino detector for reactor monitoring and development of the Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) facility at MNRC for use in analysis of trace amount of radioactive contaminants in bulk materials.
Mani Tripathi is a Professor of Physics. His research interests span the disciplines of particle physics and nuclear applications. He is involved in searching for dark matter using the LUX/LZ experiment and with the CMS detector. The nuclear applications component consists of radio-assay of materials via neutron activation analysis. In addition, he is working on radiation detectors such as gaseous electron multipliers, tungsten-silicon calorimeters, and next generation silicon-based intelligent charged particle trackers. His group has developed the NEST software package.
Emilija Pantic is an assistant professor at UC Davis whose interests are in the fields of experimental dark matter searches and neutrino physics using noble liquid based detectors. She is also working on development and characterization of novel photosensors and other R&D efforts towards future noble liquid detectors in rare event searches.
James Morad is a graduate student finishing his thesis on direct dark matter detection with the LUX. His interested include detector electronic component R&D as well as software development for data analysis and visualization schemes.
Tessa Johnson is a postdoc working on rare event detection with noble liquid detectors at UC Davis. Her research has included searching for exotic processes in double beta decay, precision neutron capture measurements and modeling, and direct dark matter searches. She is currently focusing on the DarkSide-50 liquid argon dark matter search, including analysis, event reconstruction, and simulation of data. She also works on precision measurements of liquid argon detector response to neutrons and development of the DarkSide-50 successor.
Morgan research interests lie in looking at physics which could give insight into new physics that is lurking just beyond the standard model. He works mostly on experiments involving neutrino interactions like the SNO+ experiment. SNO+ aims to measure the mass nature of the neutrino by looking for neutrinoless double beta decay, and we are also sensitive to certain modes of invisible nucleon decay.
Vincent Fischer is a postdoc in the neutrino physics group. His research focuses on the understanding of neutrino interactions and the search for exotic processes beyond the Standard Model. He is currently involved in the ANNIE experiment, a water Cherenkov detector dedicated to measuring the neutron yield of neutrino interactions in water. He is also involved in the SNO+ experiment, a large multi-purpose liquid scintillator detector whose main goal is to detect the neutrinoless double beta decay process. In the past, he had been working with liquid scintillator detectors to observe reactor neutrinos both for fundamental physics and reactor monitoring.
Luca Pagani is a postdoc working on direct dark matter detection with noble liquid detectors. During his PhD, he worked on the commissioning of the detector and in the analysis of the DarkSide-50 dark matter search data. Currently, he is involved in the analysis of the DarkSide-50 dark matter search experiment and development of its successor, DarkSide-20k.
Activities and Lectures 2017
Neutron Activation Analysis – NAA 1/2/3
There will be three NAA activities:
– NAA 1: Preparation of the samples
– NAA 2: Visit of the McClellan research reactor (MNRC), sample irradiation and sample measurement
– NAA 3: Data analysis, reactor flux and contamination calculations
NAA 1: The NAA 1 activity will take place in the clean part of room 340. Each team will prepare two samples, a “control” sample and a “liquid” sample.
Here is the procedure describing the activity step-by-step.
NAA 2: The NAA 2 activity will take place at the MNRC. Teams will be grouped by 2 (A&B and C&D). Each group will leave from the physics building and return to the physics building.
Here is the procedure describing the activity step-by-step.
NAA 3: The NAA 3 activity will take place in room 392 of the physics building. Two people per team will share a computer to analyze the data that was acquired during NAA 2. The analysis guide is posted here.
Charge Particle Loss – Proton
Here is the link to the spreadsheet that we will use for the activity
The pre-activity worksheet is here.
Electronics intro – elec
Introduction and construction of a comparator with hysteresis. See here.
Gamma-ray Detection with a High-Purity Germanium Detector – GAMMA 1/2/3
Basic characterization of PMT – PMT
Link to activity: PMT
Cosmic ray flux measurements – Muon
Link to activity: Muon
Basic characterization of SiPM – SiPM
Link to activity: SiPM
Schedule and Teams 2017
|Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|Sara Feyzbakhsh||Daegyun Park||Jason Matheny||Elena Osorio Camacena|
|Alissa Monte||Jang Hyungyu||Daniel Kriozere||Peter Shields|
|James Reed Watson||Jessica Roche||Tingshiuan Christopher Wu||Sebastian Torres-Lara|
|Andreas Biekert||Christopher Brand||Alexis Archer||Tejas Sharath|
|8/13/17||SUNDAY/ROOM||Speaker / TA||Topic||Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|8:45||185 Phy||Mani Tripathi||Intro||Brief Overview of the NSSC Program and announcements|
|9:00||185 Phy||Bob Svoboda||Lecture||Neutron Activation Analysis|
|10:00||185 Phy||Mani Tripathi||Lecture||Solid state detectors (SiPM)|
|11:00||185 Phy||Marco Dicapua||Lecture||The Non-Proliferation Research Program|
|13:00||185 Phy||Emilija Pantic||Lecture||Photosensors|
|14:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||NAA 1 (340) - Vincent||PMT 1 (89) - Julie.||Muon (375) - Ben S.||Gamma 1 (340) - Tiel|
|15:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||SiPM (152) - Jacob||Muon (375) - Ben S.||Gamma 1 (89) - Tiel|
|16:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||SiPM (152) - Jacob||NAA 1 (340) - Vincent||PMT 1 (89) - Julie.|
|17:00||185 Phy||Aaron Manalaysay||Lecture||Energy Loss and Bragg Peak|
|8/14/17||MONDAY/ROOM||Speaker / TA||Topic||Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|9:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||Gamma 1 (340) - Tiel||Proton (305) - Luca||SiPM (152) - Jacob|
|10:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Proton (305) - Luca||Gamma 1 (89) - Tiel||PMT 1 (89) - Julie.||SiPM (152) - Jacob|
|11:00||185 Phy||James Miller||Lecture||The Radiological Triage Program|
|13:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||PMT 1 (89) - Julie.||Proton (305) - Luca||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||NAA 1 (340) - Tessa|
|14:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Muon (375) - Ben S.||NAA 1 (340) - Leon||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||Gamma 2 (89) - Tiel|
|15:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Muon (375) - Ben S.||FREE TIME||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||Gamma 2 (89) - Tiel|
|16:00||185 Phy||Mel Williams||Lecture||Experiences in Navy Nuclear Power|
|8/15/17||TUESDAY/ROOM||Speaker / TA||Topic||Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|7:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Physics to MNRC||Physics to MNRC|
|7:45||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Check in||Check in|
|8:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||NAA 2 - Vincent||NAA 2 - Leon||FREE TIME||FREE TIME|
|8:45||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||NAA 2 - Vincent||NAA 2 - Leon||Physics to MNRC (8:45)||Physics to MNRC|
|10:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||MNRC to Physics||MNRC to Physics||Check in||Check in|
|10:15||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||MNRC to Physics||MNRC to Physics||NAA 2 - Emilija||NAA 2 - Tessa|
|10:30||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||FREE TIME||FREE TIME||NAA 2 - Emilija||NAA 2 - Tessa|
|12:15||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||FREE TIME||FREE TIME||MNRC to Physics||MNRC to Physics|
|13:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||SiPM (152) - Jacob||Gamma 2 (89) - Tiel||FREE TIME||FREE TIME|
|14:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||SiPM (152) - Jacob||Gamma 2 (89) - Tiel||FREE TIME||FREE TIME|
|15:00||185 Phy||Mani Tripathi||Lecture||Solid state detectors part 2|
|16:00||186 Phy||Tessa Johnson||Lecture||Low background techniques|
|8/17/17||THURSDAY/ROOM||Speaker / TA||Topic||Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|9:00||185 Phy||Steven Dazeley||Lecture||Water Cherenkov and Liquid Scintillation Detectors|
|10:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||NAA 3 (392) - Vincent||Muon (375) - Ben S.||Gamma 1 (340) - Steven||Gamma 3 (305) - Luca|
|11:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||NAA 3 (392) - Vincent||Muon (375) - Ben S.||Gamma 1 (89) - Steven||ELEC (152) - Ben G.|
|13:00||185 Phy||Wesley Frey||Lecture||Reactors|
|14:00||185 Phy||Mike Heffner||Lecture||The Fission TPC Experiment|
|15:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Gamma 1 (340) - Steven||Gamma 3 (305) - Luca||NAA 3 (392) - Tessa||ELEC (152) - Ben G.|
|16:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Gamma 1 (89) - Steven||FREE TIME||NAA 3 (392) - Tessa||ELEC (152) - Ben G.|
|8/18/17||FRIDAY/ROOM||Speaker / TA||Topic||Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|9:00||185 Phy||Gerard Arino-Estrada||Lecture||Medical imaging|
|10:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Gamma 2 (89) - Steven||NAA 3 (392) - Leon||SiPM (152) - Jacob||Muon (375) - Ben S.|
|11:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Gamma 2 (89) - Steven||NAA 3 (392) - Leon||SiPM (152) - Jacob||Muon (375) - Ben S.|
|13:00||185 Phy||Kareem Kazkaz||Lecture||Monte Carlo simulations|
|14:00||185 Phy||Spencer Hartman||Lecture||Cyclotron|
|15:00||CNL||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Proton Crocker visit - Luca|
|16:00||CNL||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Proton Crocker visit - Luca|
|17:00||185 Phy||Aaron Hurst||Lecture||Nuclear Data|
|8/19/17||SATURDAY/ROOM||Speaker / TA||Topic||Team A||Team B||Team C||Team D|
|9:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||FREE TIME||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||Gamma 2 (89) - Steven||Proton (305) - Luca|
|10:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||Gamma 3 (305) - Luca||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||Gamma 2 (89) - Steven||NAA 3 (392) - Leon|
|11:00||Look under team||Look under team||Exp. Activities||FREE TIME||ELEC (152) - Ben G.||Gamma 3 (305) - Steven||NAA 3 (392) - Leon|
|13:00||185 Phy||Emilija Pantic||Lecture||Evaluation and Closing remarks|
Evaluation Form: Please fill our evaluation form NAT evaluation form 2017
Activities: Most of the activities will have activity sheets posted. Please read it before your scheduled activity and familiarize yourself with the material.
Local Map: See here
Forms: You will HAVE to fill in Volunteer Information form, CNL RUA form. Those will be distributed during the first day. Also, submit THIS briefing BEFORE going to the MNRC.
Required Clothing: Working in labs at UC Davis will require that you wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Please remember to bring these with you. Other required Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be provided to you as needed.
Internet: There is a free wifi for UCD guest called ucd-guest. Connect to it and follow instructions. See more here Wifi guest info
Parking: If you are driving to campus you must park in the visitor lots. The easiest is the Mondavi Parking Structure, which is about a ten-minute walk from the Physics Building (campus maps are available online). Note, you will need to get a parking pass from the machine each day. See map here.
Transportation: If you are flying into Sacramento, there is a convenient door-to-door shuttle called the Davis Airporter ($23/trip). Make a reservation in advance with the Davis Airporter. You can also take Uber or supper-shuttle. Davis is also served by the Amtrak Capitol Corridor line. It is about a 30-minute walk from the train station to the dorm through the downtown area.
NSSC Participants: Jessica Roche, Jason Matheny, Daniel Kriozere, Tingshiuan Christopher Wu, Elena Osorio Camacena, Peter Shields, Christopher Brand, James Reed Watson, Andreas Biekert
Local NSSC Participants: Jyothisraj Johnson, Sebastian Torres-Lara, Tejas Sharath
Other participants: Sara Feyzbakhsh, Alissa Monte, Alexis Archer
International participants: Daegyun Park, Jang Hyungyu
NSSC fellowship for school participation: Jessica Roche, Jason Matheny, Daniel Kriozere, Tingshiuan Christopher Wu, Elena Osorio Camacena, Peter Shields, Christopher Brand
NSF fellowship for school participation: Alissa Monte, Elena Osorio Camacena