Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the abstract booklet for the Thirteenth International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Applications of Accelerators (AccApp’17), convening in la belle ville de Québec, July 31–August 4, 2017. We are especially pleased to have included in this booklet several abstracts for the Christian Segebade Festschrift on the occasion of his 75th birthday. His pioneering work and accomplishments in photon activation analysis exemplify best the very heart and meaning of nuclear applications of accelerators.

The AccApp meeting series provides an international forum for discussing the various applications of particle accelerators. These meetings are focused upon the production and utilization of accelerator-produced neutrons, photons, electrons, and other particles for scientific and industrial purposes; production or destruction of radionuclides significant for energy, medicine, defense, or other endeavors; safety and security applications; and medical imaging, diagnostics, and therapeutic treatment.

One of the great strengths of the AccApp meeting series is the dissemination of knowledge on the diverse applications of accelerators. AccApp provides an opportunity for nuclear physicists, accelerator physicists, nuclear engineers, and other experts in the international community to meet and discuss their research face-to-face. These interactions can help establish good working relationships and collaborations to solve common problems across multiple disciplines.

In this booklet, you will find over 165 abstracts organized into ten topics and spanning three primary areas of research: accelerator applications, accelerator technology, and nuclear data analysis techniques and the attendant experimental results. The topics [with the associated topic organizers] and subtopics in this abstract booklet include the following:

  1. Accelerator Facilities [Andrew Hutton (Jefferson Lab) and Kevin Jones (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)]: (a) planned facilities & future possibilities at present facilities, (b) progress at facilities under construction, and (c) management strategies for accelerator facilities.
  2. Accelerator Design & Technology [Peter Ostroumov (Michigan State University & Argonne National Laboratory) and Yousry Gohar (Argonne National Laboratory)]: (a) codes and models, (b) radiation shielding and dosimetry and residual activation, (c) reliability analyses, and (d) prototyping.
  3. Material Research with Accelerators [Alexander Ryazanov (Kurchatov Institute) and Benjamin Rouben (12 & 1 Consulting)]: (a) new structural materials for fission and fusion reactors, (b) effect of fast heavy ions on materials, (c) investigations of materials for microelectronics with fast particles, and (d) structural and chemical analysis by low-energy nuclear methods at accelerators.
  4. Accelerators in Life Sciences [Carol Johnstone (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory) and Carmel Mothersill (McMaster University)]: (a) hadron therapy, (b) radiobiology, (c) BNCT (Boron Neutron Capture Therapy), and (d) biology with synchrotron radiation.
  5. Accelerators for Accelerator-Driven Systems [Blair Bromley (Canadian Nuclear Laboratories) and François Méot (Brookhaven National Laboratory)]: (a) drivers of an experiment, (b) large-scale demonstrators, and (c) industrial types and applications.
  6. High-Power Accelerators and High-Power Spallation Targets [John Galambos (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and Eric Pitcher (Los Alamos National Laboratory)]: (a) window and beam dump technologies and (b) neutron spallation sources.
  7. Accelerators for Monitoring the Environment [Ian Swainson (International Atomic Energy Agency) and Christian Segebade (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, retired)]: (a) physical and chemical properties of the environment, (b) history and art, and (c) safety and security.
  8. Industrial Applications [Bob Hamm (R&M Technical Enterprises) and Ross Radel (Phoenix Nuclear Labs)]: (a) electron irradiation, (b) X-ray conversion, (c) sterilization, and (d) wear analysis.
  9. Nuclear Data [Arjan Plompen (European Commission–Joint Research Centre) and Adriaan Buijs (McMaster University)]: (a) fission and fusion applications, (b) photonuclear cross sections, (c) nuclear models and applications, and (d) simulating nuclear reactions for calculations.
  10. Accelerator Production of Radioisotopes [Valeriia Starovoitova (Niowave, Inc.) and Suzanne Lapi (University of Alabama at Birmingham)]: (a) medical applications and (b) geoscience applications.

In reviewing the abstracts in this booklet, I would ask the reader to please reflect upon the following questions:

  1. What can we learn from AccApp’17, and what kinds of collaborations can we establish?
  2. What science and engineering objectives are crucial in the short term? In the long term?
  3. What data do we need to collect toward pursuing these science and engineering objectives?
  4. What commercial/clinical objectives are crucial in the short term? In the long term?
  5. What experiments, theoretical calculations, and clinical studies are needed in the short term? In the long term?
  6. What kinds of funding can we seek toward pursuing the science and engineering objectives covered in the topics?
  7. What business partnerships can be established in terms of, for example, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs?
  8. Where do we go from here?

That is, how can we best leverage the talents intrinsic to the broad-ranging community of nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, and accelerator scientists toward bettering the nuclear applications of accelerators?

I will conclude by expressing my deep gratitude to the twenty topic organizers, to the members of the Organizing and Technical Program Committee, and to the staff of the American Nuclear Society for their dedication and hard work in making AccApp’17 such a resounding success. I thank everyone so very much.

With kindest regards,

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Philip Cole (pcole@lamar.edu)
Chair and Professor of Physics, Lamar University
General Chair of AccApp’17