INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF NUCLEAR STRUCTURE AND DECAY DATA EVALUATORS (NSDD)

Scientific Secretary: Paraskevi Demetriou


What is the NSDD network? Find out here.



Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Nuclear Structure and Decay Data: Experiment, Theory and Evaluation

The next ICTP-IAEA Workshop will be held from 15 to 26 October 2018, at the ICTP, Miramare, Trieste. The workshop poster can be downloaded here.

Directors: P. Dimitriou (IAEA), E.A. McCutchan (BNL), Local Organiser: C. Tuniz (ICTP).

Workshop lecturers include:

  • P. ISACKER (GANIL, France)
  • S. LENZI (INFN-Padova, Italy)
  • A. MACCHIAVELI (LBNL, USA)
  • T. KIBEDI (ANU, Australia)
  • F. KONDEV (ANL, USA)
  • S. BASUNIA (LBNL, USA)
  • M. MARTIN (ORNL, USA)
  • B. SINGH (McMaster Univ., Canada)
  • M. VERPELLI (IAEA)
  • V. ZERKIN (IAEA)

The main topics of the workshop are:

  • nuclear experimental techniques & facilities;
  • nuclear structure models;
  • XUNDL compilations;
  • ENSDF evaluation methodologies, procedures and formats;
  • analysis and utility codes;
  • ENSDF editors and Web tools;
  • databases and online retrieval software.

The workshop program will include morning lectures and afternoon practical courses that involve compilation of data sets for XUNDL and ENSDF evaluation of a selected mass chain. More information about the scientific program will be posted as it becomes available.

A session will be held during the workshop for participants to present their work related to nuclear structure and decay data. Applicants should upload a one-page abstract direclty onto the application webpage.

Online application is now open on the ICTP workshop webpage. Those interested are welcome to apply and also forward this information to any else that may be interested in the workshop. A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.



22nd Technical Meeting of the NSDD network

The 22nd Technical Meeting of the NSDD network was held from 22 to 26 May 2017, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. Information about the meeting and access to presentations is available here. The summary report of the meeting is published in INDC(NDS)-0733.


Evaluation of Nuclear Moments

A Consultant's Meeting was held at the IAEA, from 27 to 30 March 2017, to address the need for providing recommended nuclear magnetic dipole moments (DM), in addition to updating the evaluation of electric quadrupole moments (QM) performed by P. Pyykkö (Mol. Phys. 106 (2008) 1965) and N. Stone (INDC(NDS)-0650).

Meeting participants discussed the necessary corrections required for DMs to consider effects of diamagnetism, hyperfine anomaly, model assumptions for short-lived states, as well as advances in electric field gradient calculations for the QMs. They agreed to contribute to the production of a table of evaluated nuclear moments that would be made available in a published volume and incorporated in the online Nuclear Moments database.

More details on the discussions can be found in the meeting report INDC(NDS)-0732 while links to the presentations are available at the meeting web site.


Joint ICTP-IAEA Workshop on Nuclear Structure and Decay Data: Experiment, Theory and Evaluation, 22 August - 2 September 2016, Trieste


Workshop Directors: P. Dimitriou (IAEA), E. McCutchan (BNL), and M. Thoennessen (MSU)

The aim of this workshop is to introduce both young and established nuclear scientists to the evaluation of nuclear structure and decay data, by providing them with basic training in the evaluation methodologies, procedures and formats that are involved in the assembly and maintenance of the Evaluated Nuclear Structure Data File (ENSDF).

This workshop belongs to a series of well-defined ICTP workshops that have been crucial for attracting young nuclear scientists to nuclear structure and decay data evaluation and for providing them with the basic tools to pursue this activity.

The main topics of the workshop include:

Lecturers/tutors include:


More details about the workshop, including the scientific program and lecture notes, can be found at the ICTP activity (SMR2859) web site. The workshop practical exercises included both the compilation of 25 XUNDL data sets and the evaluation of mass chain A=217.

The workshop poster can be downloaded here.


More news


Project on Improvement of Codes used for NSDD Evaluations: UPDATE

The Nuclear Data Section has began a Data Development Project to address all the problems that are encountered in the utilization of the existing ENSDF codes in view of the overall need to re-structure and/or re-write them using modern programming tools. The kick-off Technical Meeting was held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, from 10 to 13 June 2014. The output of this meeting was a priority list of codes that need to be improved and a list of assignments/tasks to be delivered within a given period. A summary report of the meeting is available INDC(NDS)-0665. Presentations given at the meeting are available here.

A follow-up meeting to monitor progress and revise the assignments as deemed necessary was held from 5 to 8 October 2015, at the IAEA, in Vienna. The summary report of the meeting is available INDC(NDS)-0696. The presentations given at this meeting can be found here.

A dedicated web page on the IAEA ENSDF Codes development project is available at this link.


Nuclear Moments Database 2015

An online database of magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole moments is available on the IAEA NDS server at Nuclear Moments (INDC(NDS)-0704).

The database comprises data found in print compilations (INDC(NDS)-0650, INDC(NDS)-0658), peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. The user can click on a built-in periodic table to choose an element and then the isotope of interest. Alternatively, the user can type in the atomic (Z) or mass (A) number in input form. The data are displayed in a concise tabulated form. Bibliographical information has been linked to the sources, i.e. NSR key numbers are linked to the NSR database, and in addition, Digital Object identifiers (DOI) have been added to all the publications featuring one. Further developments will include enhancement of retrieval capabilities and plotting tools.

The database can also be accessed from the "Quick links" (left column), the "Structure & Decay" tab, and the Livechart - tab "Nuclear Moments", all available on the IAEA Nuclear Data Services web site.


Specialized Workshop on NSDD Evaluations, 27-29 April 2015, IAEA, Vienna

The workshop took place from 27 to 29 April 2015 at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna. Active NSDD evaluators met to

The workshop coordinators, Filip Kondev (ANL/USA) and Elizabeth McCutchan (BNL/USA), put together a scientific programme that covered a number of issues of importance to ENSDF evaluations, including policies, procedures, formats, and codes, with special advise from Murray Martin (ORNL/USA). The 'lectures' were based on a combination of presentations and round-table discussions evolving around specific examples and highlighting 'best practices'.

During the workshop, participants also had the opportunity to discuss topics of their preference stemming from their own evaluation work. Several 30-minute long sessions were devoted to discussing participant's topics on Wednesday, 29th April.


Nuclear Moments Tables

The updated table of Magnetic Dipole and Electric Quadrupole Moments, prepared by N.J. Stone to replace the previous one (INDC(NDS)-0594), has been published in INDC(NDS)-0658. It covers the literature up to February 2014.

A table of static electric quadrupole moments including recommended values, also prepared by N.J. Stone, is available in INDC(NDS)-0650.


An ENSDF Retrieval Program

Matthias Nagl and his group,at Physikalisches Institut, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany, has created a retrieval program for ENSDF. The program is a stand-alone retrieval and has very useful options including a decay scheme and its spectral representation. The software is open source and the authors encourage users to freely download and use it. It is available for download here. The related paper is available here.


Meeting on XUNDL 2013

A 1.5 day working group meeting was held on 16-17 May 2013 at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory to discuss activities connected with XUNDL.

Participants: John Kelley (TUNL); Grace Sheu (TUNL)new ndsEvent( '22nd Meeting 2017
'); Aaron Hurst (LBNL); Christian Iliadis (TUNL, UNC); Filip Kondev (ANL); Caroline Nesaraja (ORNL: online participation); Balraj Singh (McMaster Univ.); Alejandro Sonzogni (NNDC, BNL); Jagdish Tuli (NNDC, BNL).

Summary notes taken by John Kelley are available here.


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