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Engineering Physics Colloquium

Tuesday, February 26

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

106 Engineering Research Building

Speaker:  Dr. Anthony Scopatz, University of Chicago
"Not Your Physicists' Entropy: Information Theory Applications to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle"
Abstract:  "This talk will demonstrate existing and nascent entropy-based measures which were used to quantify the sensitivities and covariances of nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) input parameters to system-wide output metrics. Here, thirty independent fuel cycle parameters for a Fast Reactor-Light Water Reactor hybrid scenario were varied simultaneously and stochastically. This talk will also cover the essential physics, quasi-static fuel cycle simulator Bright which was written to obtain physically meaningful results in such a large option space. Over 100,000 distinct Bright instantiations were computed to achieve adequate statistics. This represents orders of magnitude more information than garnered by one-dimensional base case perturbation studies."
Biography:  "Dr. Anthony Scopatz is currently a post-doctoral scholar in high energy density physics at the Flash Center at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in computational fuel cycle and reactor physics modeling. He is also the founding treasurer and board member of NumFOCUS, Inc., -- a 501(c)3 non-profit promoting open source computational science."
Event Note:  3:45 PM refreshments will be served.