The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering
invites you to attend a talk
"Radiation and Its Effects in Space Applications"
Prof. Anna Erickson
Associate Professor | Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Monday, February 24
11 am - 12 pm
About the Talk:
If a nuclear weapon is detonated in space, how would we know? How would we power a long mission in space? What are the long-term effects of radiation on electronics and human health? In this seminar, I will discuss the broad application of nuclear science and engineering to aerospace, including the novel technologies aimed at monitoring nuclear explosions, detecting radiation, and enabling innovation through interdisciplinary research. For nuclear monitoring, we will examine the challenges associated with the United States Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (USNDS), which is designed to detect, locate, and report NUDETs in the earth's atmosphere and near space in near real-time. Space-related power applications will be illustrated using Kilowatt Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY), a demonstration designed as a proof of concept for various space applications such as providing power for a colony on Mars or the moon and eventually as a possible option for powering rockets on deep space missions. Finally, I’ll focus on radiation detection and damage in space, including efforts currently underway in the NNSA’s ETI Consortium.
About the Speaker:
Anna Erickson is a leader of Advanced Laboratory for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Safety and an Associate Professor of Nuclear & Radiological Engineering in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her MS and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a NNSA’s Stewardship Science Graduate Fellow. Prior to her position at Georgia Tech, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Advanced Detectors Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Dr. Erickson's research focuses on advanced nuclear reactor design and nuclear security and nonproliferation, connected by the current need for proliferation-resistant nuclear power. Her group is involved in large-array imaging applications for homeland security, advanced radiation detection and nuclearized robotics for safety and security applications. She is currently the Director of Consortium for Enabling Technologies and Innovation, sponsored by the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.