Attachment 3
Accelerator Applications Technical Working Group

Statement of Scope:

Organized to promote the advancement of knowledge of the use of particle accelerator technologies for nuclear applications. It will focus on production of neutrons and other particles, utilization of these particles for scientific or industrial purposes, the production or destruction of radionuclides significant to energy, medicine, defense, or other endeavors, as well as imaging and diagnostics. Pertinent areas for technical sessions, topical meetings, and journal publications include, but are not limited to, efforts to improve the understanding of physical processes inherent in accelerator targets, as well as nuclear (neutronics/spallation), metallurgical, mechanical, thermal-hydraulic, and chemical processes in existing or proposed accelerator facilities. Collaborations with existing divisions having expertise in physics, materials, safety, shielding, and other specializations is anticipated, as is collaboration with divisions focusing on isotopes, fuel cycle and waste management issues and biological and medical applications.


The accelerator applications field is growing rapidly in the US, Europe, and Asia, as measured by budgets and staffing, in such areas as spallation neutron sources, tritium production, heavy ion fusion, and waste transmutation. There exists no "host" professional society to hold high quality scientific and technical meetings and foster publication of technical information, such as review articles and standards. The American Physical Society (APS) has a group that focuses on accelerator design and beam dynamics, but it has not provided a forum for larger applications of accelerator targets (which in some respects resemble nuclear reactors). Similarly, the IEEE provides a forum to discuss power related issues in accelerator design. The natural home for large accelerator (and target) applications appears to be the American Nuclear Society, partly due to the diversity of its membership within the technical divisions, e.g., physics, materials, safety, waste, thermal-hydraulics, and so forth. Unfortunately, no single ANS Division charter can be interpreted to include all of these technical areas, although ANS members within the Nuclear Reactor Safety Division and the Fuel Cycle and Waste-Management Divisions have recently organized, on ad hoc bases, special sessions on accelerator based tritium production (APT) and waste transmutation. Sponsorship of sessions or topical meetings on accelerator applications currently requires collaboration between several ANS divisions, e.g., Reactor Physics, NRSD, Materials, Isotopes and Radiation, Shielding, etc. With the rapid growth in the field of accelerator applications, and the fundamentally "nuclear" nature of these missions, the time is right for the ANS to form a Technical Group/Division to provide a home for this work and to better facilitate collaboration between the accelerator applications community and technical specialists throughout the ANS.

Plan for first year of operations: