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Ayman Hawari

Nano Research Area

  • Nano-Energy & Environment
  • Nano-Characterization
  • Nano-Materials & Engineering
 

Research Summary

I am interested in performing experimental and computational investigations (simulations) to study the interaction of radiation with matter. The studies can be applied, for example, to design radiation based nondestructive examination experiments and systems, or fundamental, as in the measurement of basic nuclear data such as reaction cross-sections. As a result, my research extends into areas such as nuclear radiation spectrometry, dosimtery, and the utilization of radiation in nondestructive examination.

Currently, I am performing experimental and computational research (using ab initio and molecular dynamics methods) to develop improved thermal neutron scattering laws for Generation IV reactor design. In addition, I am interested in the application of atomistic modeling techniques to study the behavior of advanced nuclear fuel in extreme radiation and temperature environments. My work also focuses on utilizing radiation beams as probes of matter at the nano-scale. This includes the application of thermal neutron beams in imaging and scattering applications, and the use of slow positron beams to assay nano-porosity in matter. These types of beams can be generated using a nuclear reactor such as the PULSTAR reactor on the NC State campus. Therefore, I am interested in the use of reactors in research and teaching.

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