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.

Cost

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.

Application

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.

Applications to attend the School should include a completed APPLICATION FORM and a completed upload of  ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT (unofficial transcripts are accepted).

The deadline for receiving the application is May 15th, 2017. APPLICATION IS CLOSED.

Local team

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.

Jacob Cutter is a Physics Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis. He is participating in the LUX and LZ dark matter direct detection experiments, as well as DAX, a xenon detector R&D testbed which is being used to directly characterize nuclear recoil backgrounds. In particular, he has been involved with data processing, event position reconstruction analyses, and dual-phase TPC design and operation.
Julie is working on ANNIE experiment.

 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

Charge Particle Loss – Proton

Here is the link to the spreadsheet that we will use for the activity

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gMOCoU-szoOS1u65fVJPVHgHVgv29Wv_QfPhufXaBhI/edit#gid=1453756773

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

Links to activities:  Gamma1, Gamma2, Gamma3, Guide to nuclear decay schemes

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

Lectures 2017

Nuclear Non-proliferation Research Program — Dr. Marco Dicapua


Schedule and Teams 2017

Team ATeam BTeam CTeam D
Sara FeyzbakhshDaegyun ParkJason MathenyElena Osorio Camacena
Alissa MonteJang HyungyuDaniel KriozerePeter Shields
James Reed WatsonJessica RocheTingshiuan Christopher WuSebastian Torres-Lara
Andreas BiekertChristopher BrandAlexis ArcherTejas Sharath
Jyothisraj Johnson
8/13/17SUNDAY/ROOMSpeaker / TATopicTeam ATeam BTeam CTeam D
8:30LagrangeCoffee
8:45185 PhyMani TripathiIntroBrief Overview of the NSSC Program and announcements
9:00185 PhyBob SvobodaLectureNeutron Activation Analysis
10:00185 PhyMani TripathiLectureSolid state detectors (SiPM)
11:00185 PhyMarco DicapuaLectureThe Non-Proliferation Research Program
12:00LagrangeLunch
13:00185 PhyEmilija PanticLecturePhotosensors
14:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesNAA 1 (340) - VincentPMT 1 (89) - Julie.Muon (375) - Ben S.Gamma 1 (340) - Tiel
15:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesELEC (152) - Ben G.SiPM (152) - JacobMuon (375) - Ben S.Gamma 1 (89) - Tiel
16:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesELEC (152) - Ben G.SiPM (152) - JacobNAA 1 (340) - VincentPMT 1 (89) - Julie.
17:00185 PhyAaron ManalaysayLectureEnergy Loss and Bragg Peak
8/14/17MONDAY/ROOMSpeaker / TATopicTeam ATeam BTeam CTeam D
8:30LagrangeCoffee
9:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesELEC (152) - Ben G.Gamma 1 (340) - TielProton (305) - LucaSiPM (152) - Jacob
10:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesProton (305) - LucaGamma 1 (89) - TielPMT 1 (89) - Julie.SiPM (152) - Jacob
11:00185 PhyJames MillerLectureThe Radiological Triage Program
12:00LagrangeLunch
13:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesPMT 1 (89) - Julie.Proton (305) - LucaELEC (152) - Ben G.NAA 1 (340) - Tessa
14:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesMuon (375) - Ben S.NAA 1 (340) - LeonELEC (152) - Ben G.Gamma 2 (89) - Tiel
15:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesMuon (375) - Ben S.FREE TIMEELEC (152) - Ben G.Gamma 2 (89) - Tiel
16:00185 PhyMel WilliamsLectureExperiences in Navy Nuclear Power
8/15/17TUESDAY/ROOMSpeaker / TATopicTeam ATeam BTeam CTeam D
7:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesPhysics to MNRCPhysics to MNRC
7:45Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesCheck inCheck in
8:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesNAA 2 - VincentNAA 2 - LeonFREE TIMEFREE TIME
8:45Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesNAA 2 - VincentNAA 2 - LeonPhysics to MNRC (8:45)Physics to MNRC
10:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesMNRC to PhysicsMNRC to PhysicsCheck inCheck in
10:15Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesMNRC to PhysicsMNRC to PhysicsNAA 2 - EmilijaNAA 2 - Tessa
10:30Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesFREE TIMEFREE TIMENAA 2 - EmilijaNAA 2 - Tessa
12:15Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesFREE TIMEFREE TIMEMNRC to PhysicsMNRC to Physics
13:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesSiPM (152) - JacobGamma 2 (89) - TielFREE TIMEFREE TIME
14:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesSiPM (152) - JacobGamma 2 (89) - TielFREE TIMEFREE TIME
15:00185 PhyMani TripathiLectureSolid state detectors part 2
16:00186 PhyTessa JohnsonLectureLow background techniques
8/16/17WEDNES./ROOMFREE TIME
8/17/17THURSDAY/ROOMSpeaker / TATopicTeam ATeam BTeam CTeam D
8:30LagrangeCoffee
9:00185 PhySteven DazeleyLectureWater Cherenkov and Liquid Scintillation Detectors
10:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesNAA 3 (392) - VincentMuon (375) - Ben S.Gamma 1 (340) - StevenGamma 3 (305) - Luca
11:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesNAA 3 (392) - VincentMuon (375) - Ben S.Gamma 1 (89) - StevenELEC (152) - Ben G.
12:00LagrangeLunchGroup picture
13:00185 PhyWesley FreyLectureReactors
14:00185 PhyMike HeffnerLectureThe Fission TPC Experiment
15:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesGamma 1 (340) - StevenGamma 3 (305) - LucaNAA 3 (392) - TessaELEC (152) - Ben G.
16:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesGamma 1 (89) - StevenFREE TIMENAA 3 (392) - TessaELEC (152) - Ben G.
8/18/17FRIDAY/ROOMSpeaker / TATopicTeam ATeam BTeam CTeam D
8:30LagrangeCoffee
9:00185 PhyGerard Arino-EstradaLectureMedical imaging
10:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesGamma 2 (89) - StevenNAA 3 (392) - LeonSiPM (152) - JacobMuon (375) - Ben S.
11:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesGamma 2 (89) - StevenNAA 3 (392) - LeonSiPM (152) - JacobMuon (375) - Ben S.
12:00LagrangeLunch
13:00185 PhyKareem KazkazLectureMonte Carlo simulations
14:00185 PhySpencer HartmanLectureCyclotron
15:00CNLLook under teamExp. ActivitiesProton Crocker visit - Luca
16:00CNLLook under teamExp. ActivitiesProton Crocker visit - Luca
17:00185 PhyAaron HurstLectureNuclear Data
8/19/17SATURDAY/ROOMSpeaker / TATopicTeam ATeam BTeam CTeam D
8:30LagrangeCoffee
9:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesFREE TIMEELEC (152) - Ben G.Gamma 2 (89) - StevenProton (305) - Luca
10:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesGamma 3 (305) - LucaELEC (152) - Ben G.Gamma 2 (89) - StevenNAA 3 (392) - Leon
11:00Look under teamLook under teamExp. ActivitiesFREE TIMEELEC (152) - Ben G.Gamma 3 (305) - StevenNAA 3 (392) - Leon
12:00LagrangeLunch
13:00185 PhyEmilija PanticLectureEvaluation and Closing remarks

Information 2017

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

Checking in at the Dorm: If you are staying in the dorm, please see Dorm, Regulations, and Dining.

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


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