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Genoveva Burca

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Student Project
The Development and Application of Advanced Experimental Techniques for Neutron and Synchrotron Investigations of Materials

Academic supervisors
Dr. Jon James, Prof. Mike Fitzpatrick,
Dr. Winfried Kockelmann

Genoveva Burca
Genoveva Burca


My name is Genoveva Burca. Holder of a degree in Mathematics and Physics, I have taught Applied Mathematics to engineering students for ten years. Wishing to apply my engineering mathematics knowledge I took the opportunity offered by The Open University to improve and develop my research career in this field.

My Research

A particular aim of my current project is to develop a new experimental technique between neutron imaging and neutron diffraction measurements. For this reason I’ve investigated a new technique Tomography Driven Diffraction” (TDD) which exploits tomography data to guide diffraction experiments on different samples. Experimental verification of this approach was made based on the combinations of individual tomography and diffraction instruments, such as NEUTRA (PSI, Switzerland) and ENGIN-X (ISIS, UK) using engineering and archaeological samples. TDD is also suitable for new combined imaging and diffraction instruments such as the JEEP synchrotron engineering instrument (DIAMOND, UK) and the proposed IMAT neutron imaging and diffraction instrument (ISIS, UK).

In parallel with this, I’m contributing to the design of the IMAT instrument, the proposed joint imaging and diffraction instrument being considered for target station 2 at ISIS. I’m using McStas, a neutron ray-trace simulation package, for the virtual determinations and simulations of the instrumental background for different configurations.

Recent publications

Burca, G.; James, J.A.; Kockelmann, W.; Fitzpatrick, M.E.; Zhang, S.Y.; Hovind, J.; van Langh, R. (2011). A new bridge technique for neutron tomography and diffraction experiments. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A. Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol.651, Issue 1, p.229-235.

Van Langh, R.; James, J.A.; Burca, G.; Kockelmann, W.; Zhang, S.Y.; Lehmann, E.; Estermann, M.; Pappot, A. (2011). New insights of alloy compositions by studying renaissance bronze statuettes by combined neutron imaging and neutron diffraction techniques. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, vol.26, Issue 5, p.949-958.

Paradowska, A.M.; Tremsin, A.; Kelleher, J.F.; Zhang, S.Y.; Paddea, S.; Burca, G.; James, J.A.; Rehan, A.; Faisal, N.H.; Grazzi, F.; Festa, G.; Andreani, C.; Civita, F.; Bouchard, P.J.; Kockelman, W.; van Langh, R.; Fitzpatrick, M.E. (2011). Modern and Historical Engineering concerns investigated by neutron diffraction. In: Proceedings of ATEM’11, September 19-21, 2011, Kobe, Japan.

Burca, G.; James, J.A.; Fitzpatrick, M.E.; Kockelmann, W.; Kelleher, J.F.; Zhang, S.Y.;  Hovind, J.; van Langh, R. (2010). Tomography driven diffraction experiments. In: Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Neutron Wavelength Dependent Imaging, 6-9 June 2010, Saporo, Japan.

James, J.A.; Burca, G.; Kockelmann, W. (2009). Image driven diffraction. In: Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Neutron Wavelength Dependent Imaging, 12-15 July 2009, Abingdon, UK.

Kockelmann, W.; Zhang, S.Y.; James, J.A.; Burca, G.; Paradowska, A.; Chapon, L. (2009). IMAT: An Imaging and Engineering Facility for ISIS TS-II. In: Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Neutron Wavelength Dependent Imaging, 12-15 July 2009, Abingdon, UK.




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