We advance astrophysics, nuclear security, energy and forensics through fundamental research of nuclear reactions.

Thrusts of Research

Nuclear Data Measurements at UMass Lowell Research Reactor

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New measurements at UMass Lowell Research Reactor revealed discrepancies in current data essential to many applications.

We are set to remeasure new data on gamma rays from thermal neutron capture on Mn, Cu, Ni, and Cr.

Neutron Capture and Fission Experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Unique highly efficient detectors reveal hidden correlations in products of neutron reactions to advance nuclear structure knowledge.

Radiation Detectors Development

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We design sensors for radiation monitoring and detection of various type of radiation.

Nuclear Data Evaluation

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Compound Mass Number

New evaluations of nuclear data.

Nuclear Medicine

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Figure 1: y-H2AX fluorescence image of ex-vivo tumor tissue post-GdNCT. DSB-positive nuclei are marked with 95% confidence (red).

Can neutrons be used in cancer therapy ?

Our new NSF funded project will target Gadolinium Neutron Capture Therapy (GdNCT). We will study radiations induced by neutrons on Gadolinium compounds and evaluate efficiency and dose enhancements of GdNCT.

Advanced Monte-Carlo Simulations of Radiation Transport

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We perform advanced Monte-Carlo simulations of radiation transport in materias, detectors, shielding and human tissue. The Geant4 and MCNP6 based calculations help design new experiments, evaluate backgrounds and doses in relevant applications. These calculations also help improve fundamental models of nuclear structure and nuclear reactions.

Recent Press

August 2023

We are happy to share that we are part of the DOE's Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR) that aims to build research capacity, infrastructure, and expertise at institutions historically underrepresented in the Office of Science portfolio, including minority serving institutions (MSIs) and emerging research institutions (ERIs). FAIR supports mutually beneficial relationships between MSIs and ERIs with partnering institutions to perform basic research in fields supported by the Office of Science.

This project will be carried out in collaboration with the ENDSF (Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data File) group of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

July 2023

Our group has become part of CENTAUR 2.0, $12.5 million Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Center of Excellence Program renewal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA):

July 2022

We got a 5-year grant from NSF for Research on Novel Cancer Treatment

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