The Helmut W. Baer Lecture

The Helmut W. Baer Lecture  is a special colloquium supported by  family and friends in honor of Dr. Helmut Baer. Dr. Baer's career in physics began with his work at the University of Michigan where he was awarded a doctorate in nuclear physics in 1967. He published over 100 articles that cover a range of physics topics including nuclear physics and pion interactions. Dr. Baer was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in March of 1989, and to his delight enjoyed countless opportunities over the years to talk about physics at universities and conferences internationally. Dr. Baer set the highest personal standards for himself and his research. This lecture is held approximately every two years.

The 2015 Helmut W. Baer Lecture in Physics

Dr. Hiroyuki Oigawa
Deputy Director of Strategic Planning
Japan Atomic Energy Agency

February 4, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

340 West Hall

Please join us to meet Dr. Oigawa at a 
reception prior to his lecture at 3:30 PM 
in 337 West Hall.

Lecture Title: Transmutation Technology for Long-Lived Nuclear Wastes

Abstract: Spent nuclear fuel contains long-lived radioactive materials which should be isolated from the biosphere for more than a hundred thousand years. The transmutation technology is to change long-lived nuclides to short-lived or stable ones so that the burden of nuclear waste management can be largely reduced. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is conducting research and development on Partitioning and Transmutation technology, aiming at reduction of burden for high-level radioactive wastes.  To transmute minor actinides such as neptunium and americium effectively, irradiation of them by fast neutrons is considered as a promising way, because fission reactions can directly transmute them. For this purpose, JAEA is developing an Accelerator-Driven System (ADS), which is a hybrid nuclear system coupling a subcritical reactor with a spallation neutron source driven by a high-power proton accelerator.

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Dr. Hiroyuki Oigawa is the deputy director of the Strategic Planning office of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). During the last 15 years he has been leading the research and development on Partitioning and Transmutation technology in JAEA, and in particular has been leading the effort on the Accelerator Driven System (ADS) method of operating sub-critical nuclear reactors. Dr. Ogawa has a masters and Ph.D. from Kyoto University. He worked on fast reactor physics experiments for more than 10 years. He is originally from Osaka, Japan.

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Previous lectures in this series:

2004: Dr. Steve Lamoreaux, Los Alamos National Laboratory
2006: Professor Arthur B. McDonald, Physics Department, Queen's University
2008: Professor John P. Schiffer, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago
2011: Professor David W. Hertzog, University of Washington