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Superheavy nuclei: between land and island

Wyspa stabilności w grafice G. Seaborga - połowa XX w.
The synthesis of super-heavy elements takes place as a result of heavy ion collisions. The resulting super-heavy nucleus can be both strongly excited (hot) and slightly excited (cold). Until now, there were no examples showing that both nuclear reaction scenarios could lead to the same terminal nuclei. The work of an international team of scientists with the participation of Polish physicists, published in September, shows that such a situation is possible. ----

From super-sealings to the detection of dangerous cables thanks to ion beams

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When accelerated neutrons or ions bombard a material, its surface layer undergoes dramatic physical and chemical transformations. The National Center for Nuclear Research has managed to learn in detail about the processes occurring in such situations in polymers. The collected knowledge was used by physicists to create a method of producing supersealings, they also proposed a simple and quick way to detect dangerous cables whose polymer insulation begins to lose their insulating properties. ----

Artificial intelligence will track down gravity lenses

Images of distant galaxies, distorted by powerful gravitational lenses, are visually the most out-of-the-box phenomena photographed by telescopes. Their automatic detection is difficult for many reasons. During the international workshop in Warsaw, dedicated to machine learning, NCBJ scientists demonstrated theoretical models and software that deal with this task with high efficiency and reliability. ----

The MARIA research reactor will test the components of the ITER fusion reactor, which is under construction in France

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NCBJ) signed a framework agreement with the ITER Organization (IO) under which material samples and diagnostic windows for use in the ITER fusion reactor will be tested. Special thermostatic capsules will be designed to recreate the conditions in the place of their final installation. They will be placed in the core of our reactor, irradiated and then tested. ----

The participants of the radiographic research conference visited Świerk

On September 13, NCBJ hosted the participants of the twenty-second National Conference on Radiographic Research. The topics traditionally included, among others contemporary trends in the development of X-ray radiography, interesting cases encountered in the course of research, technical and technological innovations and new areas of application of X-ray imaging. ----