Annual Report 2015
During 2015 NCBJ operated under quite stable conditions. Three important projects were completed. These were: Accelerators and Detectors, Computing Centre Swierk (Polish acronym: CIS) and 4 Labs. Innovative technologies for medical accelerators were proposed under the first project and the construction of a new plasma chamber was completed under the third. The number of papers published in refereed journals increased to nearly 600 and the number of citations reached more than 8000 this year. The corresponding Hirsch index increased to 125 giving NCBJ the 5th position in Poland among all institutes and universities. A new Department named Complex Systems (Polish acronym DUZ) was formed. It comprises two Laboratories: the Laboratory of Information Technologies and the Division of Nuclear Energy and Environmental Studies. Both make extensive use of the computer resources of CIS. The supercomputer in CIS (155th on the TOP500 list of the world’s supercomputers) is currently used mainly for basic research in particle physics, analysing petabytes of data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and for time consuming molecular calculations for projected new radiopharmaceutical products in close cooperation with the POLATOM Radioisotope Centre and the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology (IChTJ). Although we still expect that NCBJ will play a key role in the Technical Support Organisation for the nuclear power plant to be built in Poland, there has been little progress in this field due to the rather slow development of the Polish nuclear programme. In spite of this, the International School on Nuclear Power was very successfully organised for the 8th time and gathered about 180 participants from many countries. The School attracted as many as 26 lecturers from 9 countries, and was supplemented by 3 workshops (on-site at Swierk and at the National Repository in Różan, about 140 km from Warsaw). In 2015 NCBJ was for the first time co-organiser (together with CERN) of the CERN Accelerator School, highly evaluated by the CERN authorities. Another important event, organised together with the Faculty of Physics of the University of Warsaw, was 19th annual International Conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology (COSMO-15). The NCBJ Research Council awarded 3 habilitations and 9 PhDs in 2015. In June Lech Szymanowski was awarded the full professor title by the President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, while in September the newly elected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda , awarded Michał Spaliński the full professor title. From year-to-year an increase in the number of younger generation employees is observed. Throughout this year university graduates could compete in the Graduate of the Year contest. Monika Szołucha, who performed neutron calculations at the MARIA reactor, won the national phase of the contest. She competed in the international finals, with 5 other participants from Brazil, France, The Netherlands, Russia, and Great Britain. Radioisotope production at NCBJ is possible thanks to the MARIA nuclear reactor. It is the 4th most powerful research reactor in Europe and it produces radioisotopes, Mo-99 and Tc-99m in particular, for two million patients a year. The reactor staff, in collaboration with the POLATOM Radioisotope Centre, are preparing themselves for full production line synthesis of the Tc-99m isotope, indispensable in most hospitals with nuclear medicine wards. POLATOM prepared a new project called CERAD (Centre for the Design and Synthesis of Radiopharmaceuticals for Molecular Targeting) which will allow the development of a large range of new radioisotopes produced using a 30 MeV Cyclotron – the heart of the project. The project was approved and will be launched soon. 2015 was announced by UNESCO as the “International Year of Light” and was a highly dynamic year for DESY Lab., home of the largest free-electron laser in Europe. NCBJ continued its contribution to the 3.5 km long XFEL in Hamburg, and is also involved in the preparation of instruments for the ESS - the European Neutron Spallation Source - which will serve the community of neutronographers. Much work has also gone into updating the neutron instruments installed on the horizontal channels of the MARIA reactor. In 2014 the MARIA reactor celebrated its 40th anniversary of successful work. In 2015 we also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of our Institute. Bronisław Komorowski, President of Poland, awarded some outstanding Polish nuclear physicists/chemists, some employees of the former Institute of Nuclear Research who actively supported the democratic movement in Poland during the 1980s, as well as some of the most deserving NCBJ/ IChTJ employees, Officers’ and Knights’ Crosses of the Polonia Restituta Order and Crosses of Merit.
National Centre for Nuclear Research
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