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This Week

Measuring the neutron capture cross section of Zr-88
Jennifer Shusterman
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Wednesday, 11/29/2023, 1:30-2:30pm Pacific

Abstract: Neutron-induced reactions on radioactive isotopes of Zr are of interest for various applications in nuclear science. The thermal neutron capture cross section of Zr-88 was measured using both target material produced at a cyclotron as well as through isotope harvesting at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. Isotope harvesting is the process of capturing and chemically separating radionuclides from byproduct materials from radioactive ion beam facilities. An overview of these studies will be presented. This work is an example of a nuclear reaction study including chemistry, physics, and accelerator work, which will be the focus of the new joint LLNL/SJSU DOE RENEW program ‘Multidisciplinary Training Experience in Nuclear Science (MT-ENS).’ Participants in MT-ENS will take a for-credit course at SJSU, which includes trips to LLNL, and then perform a summer internship at LLNL.Information on the program and how to apply will be provided.

Bio: Jennifer Shusterman is a radiochemist in the Nuclear and Radiochemistry Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the same group at LLNL and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has a B.S. in Chemistry and Engineering Science from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

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