Applied Nuclear Physics at the Intersection of Science, Technologies, and Society

Speaker and affiliation: 
Kai Vetter Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley Head, Applied Nuclear Physics Program, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Mon, 2023-02-27 11:00 to 12:00
PNT (sala Maria)

The events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) more than 10 years ago remind us about the importance to develop enhanced and smarter radiation detection and mapping technologies to prevent and to better respond to such events and to support the decontamination, decommissioning, and the remediation of nuclear facilities and their environments. In addition to technological advancements, we also have to recognize the need to engage with communities and society more broadly to establish trusted scientific resources that citizens and media can refer to in order to minimize the detrimental impact driven by misperception of and misinformation about radiation. In our Berkeley Applied Nuclear Physics Program we combine research and training of the next generation of students with a wide range of activities to engage with schools and communities utilizing the unique opportunities provided by UC Berkeley and LBNL and to serve as a trusted scientific resource. In my talk, I’ll discuss some of our outreach activities and our development of advanced radiation detection and imaging systems and the fusion with contextual sensors that can be deployed on unmanned system to create radiological maps in 3D in real time to prevent, prepare, and better respond to FDNPS type events now and in the future.