RESEARCH AND OTHER
INTERESTS
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
AlBalqa 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,
capacitybuilding 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.
TEACHING
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.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
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 ^{18}O:
A measurement of lowenergy 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 ^{135}Cs 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) 230239.
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 ^{139}La.
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 rprocess 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 ^{19}F(p,ag)^{16}O
in the proton energy range 0.33.0 MeV.
S. Dababneh, K. Toukan and I.
Khubeis.
Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics
Research B 83 (1993) 319324.
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The complete list of
publications is available here.
The complete CV can be
downloaded as a PDF here.
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