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Svetlana Nour (Fed)

I am a radiochemist trained in developing/optimizing radioanalytical methods for radioactivity analyses quantifying radionuclide massic activities in different matrices.

I used and optimized over the years a range of radiochemical techniques for separation of radionuclides from a wide variety of matrices (from pure solution to complex environmental and biological samples). Those includes:

  • different techniques of samples dissolution such as fusion, total acid dissolution/decomposition, and leaching.
  • radiochemical separation of radionuclides (precipitation, co-precipitation, anion-exchange, and chromatographic separation);
  • alpha spectrometry including source preparation (co-precipitation and electrodeposition), and spectrum analysis using different approaches and software such as Genie-2000, Alpha Vision, and ROI method.
  • beta spectrometry based on Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC) and Proportional Counting techniques including source preparation, efficiency calibration, and data evaluation.
  • gamma spectrometry including calibration of gamma detectors with a wide range of matrices (from pure solution to complex matrices and phantoms).

Within the Radioactivity Group's efforts in developing Standard Reference Materials (SRM) I am actively involved in International Laboratory Intercomparison projects to certify Natural Certified Reference Materials and to determine radioactive impurities in pure SRMs.

I am actively involved in two Proficiency Testing (PT) Programs: the Radiological Traceability Program (RTP) between the DOE Reference Laboratory, the Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (RESL); and NIST Radiochemistry Intercomparison Program (NRIP) by preparing and characterizing performance testing materials and conducting measurement traceability evaluations of participating radianalytical laboratories.

Publications

Toward a New Primary Standardization of Radionuclide Massic Activity Using Microcalorimetry and Quantitative Milligram-Scale Samples

Author(s)
Ryan P. Fitzgerald, Bradley Alpert, Dan Becker, Denis E. Bergeron, Richard Essex, Kelsey Morgan, Svetlana Nour, Galen O'Neil, Dan Schmidt, Gordon A. Shaw, Daniel Swetz, R. Michael Verkouteren, Daikang Yan
We present a new paradigm for the primary standardization of radionuclide activity per mass of solution (Bq/g). Two key enabling capabilities are 4π decay

Limits on Strongly Interacting Sub-GeV Dark Matter from the PROSPECT Reactor Antineutrino Experiment

Author(s)
Hans Pieter Mumm, Denis E. Bergeron, Mark Tyra, Jerome LaRosa, Svetlana Nour, M Andriamirado, A.B. Balantekin, H.R. Band, C.D. Bass, D. Berish, N.S. Bowden, J.P. Brodsky, C.D. Bryan, T. Classen, A.J. Conant, G. Deichert, M.V. Diwan, M.J. Dolinski, A. Erickson, B.T. Foust, J.K. Gaison, A. Galindo-Uribarri, C.E. Gilbert, B.W. Goddard, B.T. Hackett, S. Hans, A.B. Hansell, K.M. Heeger, D.E. Jaffe, X. Ji, D.C. Jones, O. Kyzylova, C.E. Lane, T.J. Langford, B.R. Littlejohn, X. Lu, J. Maricic, M.P. Mendenhall, A.M. Meyer, R. Milincic, I. Mitchell, P.E. Mueller, J. Napolitano, C. Nave, R. Neilson, J.A. Nikkel, D. Norcini, J.L. Palomino, D.A. Pushin, X. Qian, E. Romero-Romero, R. Rosero, P.T. Surukuchi, R.L. Varner, D. Venegas-Vargas, P.B. Weatherly, C. White, J. Wilhelmi, A. Woolverton, M. Yeh, A. Zhang, C. Zhang, X. Zhang
If dark matter has mass lower than around 1 GeV, it will not impart enough energy to cause detectable nuclear recoils in many direct-detection experiments
Created October 3, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021