Posted on 19 October 2018
Prof David Jenkins attended the Tastes of Nuclear Physics 2018 conference at the University of Western Cape (UWC), South Africa in early October. The event was organised by Nico Orce (Honorary Visiting Professor at York) and Prof Jenkins presented lectures on Nuclear Applications.
Visiting UWC allowed David to visit the Modern African Nuclear DEtector LAboratory (MANDELA) as it has been named by the students there. This laboratory contains equipment funded by the STFC GCRF project called NuTRAIN led by Prof David Jenkins at York. The laboratory will be used by students to develop their own detectors for experimental nuclear physics as well as societal applications in medical imaging and environmental monitoring. A parallel laboratory has been established at the University of Zululand (UZ), also with GCRF funding.
During 2018, the GCRF project has supported the visit of six students (three from UWC and two from UZ) to York, each for a period of three weeks. During their visit, they received hands-on training and lectures in nuclear applications and detector development. Prof Jenkins explained, "we are eagerly anticipating a second phase for this project where York will collaborate with UWC and UZ to develop plastic-scintillator based PET detectors which can be of benefit to people across the developing world". A two-year project was submitted to the recent GCRF call.