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Full Professor
Nuclear Physics

Al-Balqa Applied University


Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Jordan Nuclear Regulatory Commission



Alexander von Humboldt Fellow

Institute for Applied Physics, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

(Visiting Professor, Georg Forster Fellowship for Advanced Researchers)



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The central research interest of Saed Dababneh is in the field of nuclear physics and its applications.

Neutron diffusion calculations in different reactor geometries is one line of research for the graduate students of Dr. Dababneh. This includes new methodologies relevant for criticality as well as flux calculations. In addition, the application of Monte Carlo techniques in different disciplines like medical physics, radiation protection and safety of nuclear facilities is a main interest.

The study of nuclear reactions important to the understanding of energy production and the origin of the elements in stars and in explosive stellar environments had been the focus of many publications during the last decade. This understanding can be achieved by investigating nuclear reactions experimentally. Some of these experiments are characterized by very weak yields and thus require advanced data reduction techniques. Probabilistic computer simulations are gaining high importance in the field, hence part of the expertise of the students of Dr. Dababneh is directed to Monte Carlo techniques.

Recently, Dr. Dababneh has been supervising a graduate (M.Sc.) program in Applied Nuclear Physics at Al-Balqa Applied University BAU. The program, supported by King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), attracted top students from different Jordanian universities. In addition, BAU is considering an undergraduate program oriented towards Nuclear and Radiation Physics to be launched in the second semester of the academic year 2009\2010.

In light of the announced Jordanian nuclear program, our vision considers with care the anticipated demand for highly qualified personnel. Consequently, capacity-building must be placed in the context of a systematic approach that takes into consideration all the needs of the national nuclear program.

Both graduate and the coming undergraduate curricula at BAU are basically designed to teach basic principles and fundamental techniques that provide the student with the necessary background enabling him to either pursue his even higher education in nuclear physics or other related disciplines, or to directly participate in the local and regional relevant projects. Graduates of this discipline work in industry, medical facilities in addition to power plants. They also fit in the research and development facilities, in the service industries, the government, consultancy, management among other related fields.

We witnessed the first graduates from the M.Sc. program in 2009. Many of the students visited, or will visit, advanced labs such as GSI in Darmstadt, Germany. The students have also been locally engaged in scientific and training activities at relevant institutions. The thematic scope of their theses is wide and covers in addition to experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, medical and industrial applications as well.



Dr. Dababneh has taught the following courses:

1.      Nuclear Reactor Physics (Graduate).

2.      Nuclear Physics (Graduate).

3.      Experimental Techniques in Nuclear Physics (Graduate).

4.      Computational Physics (Graduate).

5.      Theoretical Nuclear Physics (Graduate).

6.      Radiation Detection and Measurement (Graduate).

7.      Advanced Mathematical Physics (Graduate).

8.      Advanced Statistical Physics (Graduate).

9.      Accelerator Physics (Graduate).

10.  Special Topics in Nuclear Physics (Graduate).

11.  Undergraduate Nuclear Physics.

12.  Undergraduate Statistical and Thermal Physics.

13.  Undergraduate (first year) general physics courses.



1)      A solution of the neutron diffusion equation in hemispherical symmetry using the homotopy perturbation method.

Kafa Khasawneh, Saed Dababneh, Zaid Odibat.

Annals of Nuclear Energy 36 (2009) 1711.

2)      Stellar He burning of 18O: A measurement of low-energy resonances and their astrophysical implications.

S. Dababneh, M. Heil, F. Käppeler, J. Görres,  M. Wiescher, R. Reifarth and H. Leiste.

Phys. Rev. C 68 (2003) 025801.

3)      Neutron capture studies on unstable 135Cs for nucleosynthesis and transmutation.

N. Patronis, S. Dababneh, P.A. Assimakopoulos, R. Gallino, M. Heil, F. Käppeler, D. Karamanis, P.E. Koehler, A. Mengoni and R. Plag.

Phys. Rev. C 69 (2004) 025803.

4)      Gamma spectroscopy using two Clover detectors in close geometry.

S. Dababneh, N. Patronis, P.A. Assimakopoulos, J. Görres, M. Heil, F. Käppeler, D. Karamanis, S. O'Brien, R. Reifarth.

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 517 (2004) 230-239.

5)      Quasistellar spectrum for neutron activation measurements at kT = 5 keV.

M. Heil, S. Dababneh, A. Juseviciute, F. Käppeler, R. Plag, R. Reifarth, S. O’Brien.

Phys. Rev. C 71 (2005) 025803.

6)      Neutron capture cross section of 139La.

S. O'Brien, S. Dababneh, M. Heil, F. Käppeler, R. Plag, R. Reifarth, R. Gallino and M. Pignatari

Phys. Rev. C 68 (2003) 035801.

7)      Lanthanum: an s- and r-process indicator.

N. Winckler, S. Dababneh, M. Heil, F. Käppeler, R. Gallino, M. Pignatari.

The Astrophysical Journal 647 (2006) 685.

8)      Excitation function of the nuclear reaction 19F(p,ag)16O in the proton energy range 0.3-3.0 MeV.

S. Dababneh, K. Toukan and I. Khubeis.

Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research B 83 (1993) 319-324.


The complete list of publications is available here.


The complete CV can be downloaded as a PDF here.


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