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IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

  The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) is a transnational group of about 3000 professional engineers and scientists.[1] The IEEE-affiliated Society sponsors 5 major annual, and six biennial conferences and symposia. It also sponsors or co-sponsor 4 peer-reviewed journals.[2]

The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization with more than 360,000 members in around 175 countries.


History of the NPSS

In 1947, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) formed the Nuclear Studies Committee to assess the role of the IRE in the field. Two years later, the Professional Group on Nuclear Science was formed. In 1954 the first issue of the Transactions on Nuclear Science appeared, increasing to four issues per year in 1956.

In 1963 the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) merged with the IRE to form the IEEE, and the AIEE Nucleonics Committee and the Committee on Nucleaonic and Radiation Instruments merged with the IRE Professional Group on Nuclear Science on October 29, 1963, to become the Nuclear Science Group of the IEEE.

In 1972, the scope of the group was widened to include plasma sciences, and the group became a Society, it's name changing to the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.[3]



Transactions on Nuclear Science

The first issue of the Transactions on Nuclear Science first appeared in 1954, the number of issues rising to four per year in 1956. In 2005, the journal was ranked No.3 for impact factor in Nuclear Science & Engineering by Thomson.[4] (Web site)

Transactions on Plasma Science

The first issue of the Transactions on Plasma Science appeared in 1973. The 'Tennessee Orange,' cover color was picked by Igor Alexeff, Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[5] Published bimonthly, its scope includes all aspects of the theory and application of plasma science, and regularly features "Special issues" (eg. eight in 2004). [6] Between 2000-2004, the journal was ranked No.10 for impact factor in "Physics - Fluids & Plasmas" by Thomson.[7]

(Web site)

Transactions on Medical Imaging

The journal encourages papers on the imaging of body structures, usually in situ, rather than microscopic biological entities.[8] In the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from Thomson, which ranks journals by their impact factor, in 2005, the journal was ranked:[4]

  • No.1 in Imaging Science & Photographic Technology
  • No.2 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • No.3 in Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Applications
  • No.3 in Biomedical Engineering
  • No.6 in Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging

Web site


The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society organizes a number of conferences. A calendar of upcoming conferences can be found on the IEEE NPSS website. Following is a list of several IEEE NPSS conferences.

  • Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference Web Site
  • Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference Web Site
  • Particle Accelerator Conference 2007 Conference Web Site
  • Pulsed Power and Plasma Science Conference 2007 Conference Web Site
  • Real Time Conference 2007 Conference Web Site
  • International Conference on Inorganic Scintillators and Their Applications 2007 Conference Web Site
  • Symposium on Fusion Engineering 2007 Conference Web Site 2009 Conference Web Site

Fields of Interest

Areas of technical activity include:[9]

  • Nuclear science and engineering:
  • instrumentation for research
  • detection and measurement of radiation
  • nuclear biomedical applications
  • radiation monitoring and safety equipment
  • particle accelerators
  • nuclear instrumentation development for reactor systems
  • effects of radiation on materials, components, and systems
  • applications of radiation and nuclear energy to other than utility power generation
  • Plasma science and engineering:
  • magnetofluid dynamics and thermionics
  • plasma dynamics
  • gaseous electronics and arc technology
  • controlled thermonuclear fusion
  • electron, ion, and plasma sources
  • space plasmas
  • high current relativistic electron beams
  • laser-plasma interactions
  • diagnostics
  • plasma chemistry and colloidal and solid state plasmas.
  • Medical Imaging [10]
  • ultrasound
  • X-rays (including CT)
  • magnetic resonance
  • radionuclides
  • microwaves
  • light
  • medical image processing and analysis, visualization, pattern recognition


  1. ^ IEEE NPSS new member letter
  2. ^ NPSS Home Page
  3. ^ History of the NPSS
  4. ^ a b Citations to IEEE Journals Continue to Climb
  5. ^ History of the Founding of the Transactions on Plasma Science
  6. ^ TPS Annual Report (2004)
  7. ^ Journals Ranked by Impact, "[ What's New in Research: May 8, 2006]"
  8. ^ IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Statement of Editorial Policy
  9. ^ NPSS Fields of interest
  10. ^ IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, Statement of Editorial Policy

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "IEEE_Nuclear_and_Plasma_Sciences_Society". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
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