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The mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping to improve the operation of the MARIA reactor

Misja Międzynarodowej Agencji Energii Atomowej OMARR
On October 10–14, 2022, an international group of IAEA specialists under the OMARR (Operation and Maintenance Assessment for Research Reactors) mission carried out a review aimed at increasing the efficiency of the MARIA reactor operation and maintenance program. ----

40th anniversary of the National Atomic Energy Agency

Medal 40 lat PAA
On October 17, a ceremony Was held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the National Atomic Energy Agency. NCBJ Director sent a congratulatory letter to the National Atomic Energy Agency President on the occasion of the anniversary. During the ceremony, our institute was awarded a commemorative medal, and Professor Krzysztof Kurek received the badge of honor „Meritorious for Energy” from the Minister Anna Moskwa. ----

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

Obraz mikropęknięcia z mikroskopu SEM
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. ----