Welcome to the website of the annual Symposium. This year’s theme will be 'Nuclear Power’. At this event speakers will be talking about Nuclear Fusion, Fission, Medicine, and lots more. The power of the nucleus has been a valuable resource for a long time, yet using Fusion to continuously generate energy has proven to be very difficult and has been perpetually out of reach. We have, however, managed to apply Nuclear physics to other important matters; radiation therapy has been helping patients for decades, and a new form of radiation therapy, Proton therapy, is quickly gaining traction in the medical community.
Speakers will share why achieving Fusion driven energy production has been so problematic, and what the plans are to overcome the barriers holding us back. The hows and whats concerning Fission energy will be divulged and a first row insight from the first clinic in the Netherlands to use Proton therapy shall be revealed. There are many more speakers lined up to impart their knowledge on Nuclear power and themes surrounding it.
As the organisation we hope to welcome you the 2nd of May to what we hope is a compelling and interesting day.
Prof. Dr. Hoekstra
Prof. Dr. Ir. H. van der Plicht
Dr. R. Hania
Prof. Dr. M. de Baar
Dr. J. Jacquinot
Prof. Dr. S. Brandenburg
Prof. Dr. S. Both
Prof. Dr. S. Hoekstra
Steven Hoekstra builds experiments that probe the inner structure of atoms and molecules in unprecedented detail. The motivation for this work is to test the fundamental interactions and symmetries for nature, which is usually the realm of high-energy collider experiments. But instead of accelerating, his research group works on deceleration and cooling methods, thereby pushing the horizon on the measurement sensitivity.
Steven studied physics in Groningen. Following a year at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in the US working on ion sources, Steven obtained his PhD in 2005 at the University of Groningen in atomic physics. Then he moved to the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Gesellschaft in Berlin to work on molecule deceleration, where he worked as postdoc, and later became a group leader. Since 2010 he is back at the university of Groningen, where he currently is an associate professor. From the beginning of this year he leads a large research program on the measurement of the electron’s electric dipole moment.
Prof. Dr. Marco de Baar (1967) is part time professor at Eindhoven University in Technology and since 2007 heads DIFFER's research group on Tokamak Physics. From 2004 to 2007, Marco de Baar headed the operations department at JET, Europe's largest fusion experiment to date, where he was responsible for successful operation and development of the reactor. Marco de Baar's research focuses on understanding and control of the turbulent plasma in a fusion reactor or tokamak: hot, charged and magnetized gas. De Baar describes himself as "a physicist with a strong interest in control engineering, because these two fields allow you to combine very different viewpoints; physics allows one to drill down to the very essence of a singular phenomenon while control engineering enables one to understand and optimizing the entire system. To take something as complex as a tokamak plasma to optimal performance, you really need both points of view."
Prof. Dr. S. Both is the first professor specialized in proton therapy. 1 September 2017 he was installed as professor Clinical Physics at the RUG. Dr. Both received his Ph.D. (Physics) from Babes-Bolyai University in 2005. Dr. Both’s research expertise includes advanced treatment planning techniques development, mitigating toxicities in photon and proton radiotherapy, motion and range uncertainties management in proton radiotherapy and technical protocol development for pencil beam scanning across the body. Ultimately this work conducts to clinical protocol development to investigate dose volume histogram and outcome relationships. He specializes in Therapeutic Medical Physics, with an emphasis on treatment planning.
prof. dr. ir. J. (Hans) van der Plicht was born 1951 in Schiedam. He is (emeritus) professor Isotope Physics at the Center for Isotope Research (CIO), Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen. In addition he was appointed as extraordinary professor of Isotope Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden. Since 2010 he is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). He studied Technical Physics at the Technical University in Delft (1970-1976). After that he moved to Groningen and received a PhD in Nuclear Physics at the Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut (1976-1980). Next that he went to the USA. He was a post doctoral fellow in Nuclear Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico (1980-1982), followed by a position as staff scientist at the Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan (1982-1986). In 1986 he returned to Groningen, to the Isotope Physics Laboratory (CIO).
Dr. Jean Jacquinot started his career in France as a physicist with numerous contributions on magnetic plasma confinement and on plasmas heating systems using a variety of high power electromagnetic waves. He then moved in England for 18 years to join the JET Joint Undertaking which is the European predecessor of ITER and, still today, the largest plasma confinement device in operation. He led the construction of the JET RF heating systems and took major managerial responsibilities for its operation. JET is still operating today and holds the fusion power record. Dr. Jacquinot was the director of JET at the end of 1999 when he moved back to France to lead the French Magnetic confinement effort with the Tore Supra Tokamak and to initiate the proposal for building ITER in Cadarache. Presently on this site, he is scientific advisor to CEA and senior advisor to the ITER Director General.
Ralph Hania did his PhD as a chemical physicist at the University of Groningen with a research on energy transfer mechanisms. Currently he works at NRG. NRG is a world market leader in the production of medical isotopes. In the Netherlands, NRG is the leading authority with regard to integral radiation protection. NRG operates the High Flux Reactor in Petten owned by the European Union, where Ralph is the technical lead in nuclear fuel irradiations.
Sytze Brandenburg is professor in accelerator physics at the University of Groningen. After studying physics in Groningen and Helsinki, Finland he did his PhD research in experimental nuclear physics at the Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut (KVI), Groningen, the Netherlands. From 1986 to 1994 he worked at the Institut de Physique Nucléaire, Orsay, France on the design, construction and commissioning of the superconducting cyclotron AGOR, that is operational at the KVI-CART since 1996. Since 1999 he is directing the R&D on accelerators and their applications at KVI-CART. Besides his main research topic, the further development of radiotherapy with ion beams, he works on radiation hardness of electronics and new methods to produce radioactive isotopes for medical applications (diagnostics, therapy and research).