News from the Library: Nucleonica - web-driven nuclear science

Most of us are familiar with the Karlsruhe Nuclide Chart. It spreads from wall to wall and tells you all about decay chains of all known nuclides and isotopes.


The good news is that this resource is freely available here, the homepage of a suite of resources for nuclear science: a mass activity calculator, a decay engine, dosimetry and shielding calculations, range and stopping power calculations, gamma spectrum generator and analyzer, a virtual cloud chamber and a packaging calculator to name a few. All these programmes have been tested and approved by leading world experts.

You can register to access these programmes here. A basic license is free, so anybody who is serious about Nuclear Science should register as soon as possible!

A Premium account gives even more options in the calculations and utilities. If you think a premium account to Nucleonica would be useful for your work and for CERN in general, please contact CERN Library.

Access the resource here.

Literature in Focus:

"From the Web to the Grid and Beyond: Computing Paradigms Driven by High-Energy Physics", ed. by René Brun, Federico Carminati, Giuliana Galli Carminati Springer, 2012.

Born after World War II, large-scale experimental high-energy physics has found itself limited ever since by available accelerator, detector and computing technologies. Accordingly, HEP has made significant contributions to the development of these fields, more often than not driving their innovations. The invention of the World Wide Web at CERN is merely the best-known example out of many. This book is the first comprehensive account to trace the history of this pioneering spirit in the field of computing technologies.

It covers everything up to and including the present-day handling of the huge demands imposed upon grid and distributed computing by full-scale LHC operations - operations which have for years involved many thousands of collaborating members worldwide and accordingly provide the original and natural testbed for grid computing concepts. This book takes the reader on a guided tour encompassing all relevant topics, including programming languages, software engineering, large databases, the Web, and grid and cloud computing. The important issue of intellectual property regulations for distributed software engineering and computing is also addressed. Aptly, the book closes with a visionary chapter of what may lie ahead.

"From the Web to the Grid and Beyond"
Wednesday 7 March, 14:30 in the Library, bldg. 52 1-052
Tee and coffee will be served at 14:15


by CERN Library