Physics Section

Physics Section


Key work areas of this Section include, among others, the utilization of particle accelerators, applications of research reactors, nuclear instrumentation and research related to nuclear fusion reactor technology. The Section's activities are part of the IAEA’s nuclear power, fuel cycle and nuclear science programme.

Supporting Member States with sophisticated nuclear science and technology

In the area of nuclear instrumentation, the Physics Section helps IAEA Member States select, operate and maintain the instruments appropriate to their nuclear activities. Working through IAEA technical cooperation projects, it also provides hands-on instrument maintenance training at the national, regional and interregional level. The Section maintains the  Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory located in Seibersdorf, which supports Member States and their laboratories through training, research and analytical services.

As part of its activities focusing on research reactors, the Section assists Member States in developing research reactor technology and maintaining their sustainable, safe and secure operation. The Section also supports research on accelerator projects in the IAEA Member States, in particular on such technologies that use highly intense sources of synchrotron radiation produced by high energy electron accelerators, allowing for these applications to become accessible for many more Member States.

Fusion energy for the future

Scientists around the world are working on the creation of energy from controlled nuclear fusion. The Physics Section assists IAEA Member States with the exchange and building of scientific and technical knowledge in this field, with the goal to generate a scientific basis for the technology to be eventually used in the design and building of fusion power plants. This knowledge spans a wide range of topics, including plasma physics, various technologies and materials. The IAEA cooperates in this area with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) organization, an institution created in October 2008 to enhance the research on fusion.


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