Radiation physics, environmental contamination, and computational science. Researcher working for the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, in Kashiwa, Japan

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I currently work as a researcher for the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). I am a member of Masahiko Machida’s group, which is part of JAEA’s Centre for Computational Science & e-Systems.

I am working on projects related to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. We are studying the behaviour of the radioactive substances released into the environment and the consequences of the radiation they emit. For both aspects it is vital to know where the contamination deposited after the accident and how it migrates within the environment.

One of the main methods I am using is radiation transport modelling. With this technique it is possible to calculate how much contamination is present in the environment, when coupled with measurements of radiation levels. Correspondingly, air dose rates both now and in future can be calculated using this technique if the quantity and migration characteristics of the radionuclides are known.

We are also interested in how radioactive materials behave inside the human body if they are ingested or inhaled.

Prior to starting with JAEA I worked as a Hazard Management Specialist in the UK’s nuclear industry. This job mainly involved technical work for various decommissioning projects, for example radioactive inventory calculations, dose assessments, and shielding analysis.

Education: PhD in the physics of glass and soft matter from the University of Bristol and undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Warwick.


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