Physics faculty and students participate in the 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium

Author: Shelly Goethals

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Freimann Professor Ani Aprahamian, Research Assistant Professor Khachatur Manukyan, and graduate students Stefania Dede, Ashabari Majumdar, Jordan Roach, and Jacob Galden participated in U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium held February 26-27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Aprahamian presented the progress of last year’s research activities of the “A Novel Technique for the Production of Robust Actinide Targets” grant funded by NNSA. Students presented their research results as poster presentations.  

This project brings together expertise from material science, radiochemistry, and nuclear science. The aim of the project is to develop new ways to prepare thin actinide targets for research in nuclear science and stockpile stewardship. This grant provides exciting opportunities for carrying out cutting-edge research while educating the next generation of STEM scientists capable of exploiting the developed techniques. This project expands the scope with novel techniques and the training of new personnel that can satisfy national needs at both Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The project is also featured in the 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Annual Report Journal (DOE/NE-0109).