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Production of titanium nitride layer on metallic base

Production of titanium nitride layer on metallic base
Scientists from NCBJ and ITME have patented an innovative method of titanium nitride layer production on metallic bases. Using this invention, the layer of titanium nitride has uniform phase composition, high durability and is characterized by low friction coefficient. This method can find its practical use in production of bearings, for example. ----

Associate Professor Engineer Renata Mikołajczak in scientific committee of ARRONAX institute

Associate Professor Engineer Renata Mikołajczak (photo: Marcin Jakubowski / NCBJ)
Associate Professor Engineer Renata Mikołajczak (POLATOM@NCBJ) joined the International Scientific Committee of ARRONAX institute in France. Institute, the name of which is an abbreviation of Accelerator for Research in Radiochemistry and Oncology at Nantes Atlantic possesses a cyclotron with energy up to 70 MeV used mainly for production of strontium-82, as well as germanium-68 and astatine-211. Experience in production of the last of these isotopes can be very valuable for cyclotron CERAD constructed in Świerk. ----

Detection of four additional gravity wave signals

Wizja artystyczna zderzenia generującego fale grawitacyjne (grafika: NCBJ)
Analysis of data from Advanced LIGO detectors revealed four new sources of gravitational waves. The signal GW170729 is connected to the most massive and distant source that was observed so far. Another one, GW170818, was discovered thanks to global network of three LIGO-Virgo detectors. It corresponds to the binary system located around 2,5 bilion light years from Earth. ----

10th School on Nuclear Power amassed over 200 listeners

10th School on Nuclear Power
On 26th – 29th November 2018 in Warsaw, Świerk and Różan, lectures and workshops of tenth edition of School on Nuclear Power were held, organized by NCBJ, Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw and ZUOP. The attendees had a chance to listen to presentations of 20 lecturers from the whole world, discuss the project „Polish Power Policy to year 2040 [Polityka Energetyczna Polski do 2040]” and take part in educational excursions. ----

Professor Marek Moszyński awarded by IEEE NPSS

Prof. M. Moszyński z plakietka nagrody im. Glenna F. Knolla (foto: Marek Pawłowski, NVBJ)
On 12th November 2018 Professor Marek Moszyński was given an award of Glenn F. Knoll in Sydney on annual Nuclear Science Symposium of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-NSS). In the inscriptions of this award it was stated: "For outstanding contribution to the modern scintillation detectors in application to physics, medicine and homeland security". Professor Moszyński explains what this award is (YT). ----

Agreement on funding the construction of PolFEL signed

NCBJ Director General Professor Krzysztof Kurek and Director of National Information Processing Institute Dr Olaf Gajl, have signes an agreement on funding the construction of Polish free electron laser in Świerk. It is the next step in implementation of this investment. Professor Kurek mentioned this project during an inauguration on cybersecurity conference (video). ----

NCBJ and Kozminski University will cooperate in the field of Big Data

Picture: CIŚ
On 16th October 2018 an agreement on scientific and educational cooperation between Kozminski University and National Centre for Nuclear Research was signed. The range of the agreement includes, among other things, joint leadership in research projects, development of analytic tool and implementation of artificial intelligence in analysis of huge sets of data. ----

Isomers of superheavy elements can be much more stable than assumed so far

Different lengths of the lines explain high stability of isomeric state in 270Ds (short line – long lifetime) and low stability of 270Cn (long line – short lifetime).
Work of a team of theoreticians from NCBJ and University of Zielona Góra points, that some isomeric states of superheavy elements can have half lives measured in seconds, so tens of thousands times longer than half lives of their very unstable ground states. Should such exotic nuclear states be produced experimentally, they will be stable enough to research their chemical properities. ----

CyberLAB in Świerk efficiently researches cybersecurity

foto: Marcin Jakubowski / NCBJ
Recently launched NCBJ's Laboratory of Cybersecurity has recorded its first success: the scientists discovered a dangerous loophole in default software of a widely used logic driver PLC utilized, for example, in nuclear installations. The manufacturer has already fixed the issue and recommended the necessary adjustments to all its clients. ----