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Dr. Richard C. Lanza

Dr. Richard C. Lanza is a Senior Research Scientist in the MIT Department of Nuclear Engineering.  His interests are primarily in the area of application of nuclear techniques and development of instrumentation to problems in materials science, medicine and national security.  More recently he has been active in development of new imaging methods for nuclear medicine and also in the problem of detection of illicit materials such as explosives, contraband, and special nuclear materials.  He has recently served on review panels for these areas for DNDO, DOE (IN-10), FAA, NIH and the National Academy of Sciences and has been an Expert Advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for their programs in Low Cost Methods for Humanitarian Demining and for Application of Nuclear Techniques to Anti-personnel Landmines Identification.   He is the Past Chairman of the IEEE Radiation Instrumentation Steering Committee and was General Chair for the 2009 IEEE Nuclear Science and Medical Imaging Conference.


His professional interests include:  High speed electronics, nuclear instrumentation, particle and radiation detectors, application of physical instrumentation to medical problems, medical imaging, computerized tomography (CAT), image reconstruction, application of imaging techniques to non-destructive testing and evaluation, neutron radiography, neutron tomography, applications of nuclear and x-ray techniques to aviation security, land mine detection and characterization technologies and strategies, accelerator based isotope production, applications of tomography to metal processing and production, neutron phase-contrast imaging, remote sensing and standoff detection for nuclear materials, nuclear forensics, and development of novel radiation detectors.


He has more than 150 papers published in these areas; has been awarded 18 patents and has received research grants from National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Whitaker Health Sciences Fund, Federal Aviation Agency, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, American Iron and Steel Institute, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Defense (TSWG), Homeland Security , Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and DARPA.


Education and Training

1959 AB  Princeton

1961 SM  University of Pennsylvania (Physics)

1966 PhD University of Pennsylvania (Physics)

Professional Experience

1997-Present Senior Research Scientist, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1987-1997 Principal Research Scientist, Department of Nuclear Engineering

1983-1987 Principal Research Scientist, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

1975-Present Associate in Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Associate in Radiology, Consultant in Radiology, (Nuclear Medicine), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA


Some Recent Research activities

Long Range Passive Detection of Fissile Material (DoE)

Neutron Resonance Radiography for Explosive Detection Systems (TSA)

Stand Off Radiation Detection System [(SORDS] (DTRA)

Integrated Standoff Inspection System [ISIS] ( DTRA)

Frontier Studies of Single Stage Superconducting Cyclotron-based Primary Accelerators for Sensing Fissile Materials at Long Range (DTRA)

Phase Contrast X-ray imaging (DARPA)


Publications 2013-2006

1. S. Vinogradov, A. Arodzero, R.C. Lanza, “Performance of X-ray detectors with SiPM readout in cargo accelerator-based inspection systems”,2013 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC), Oct. 27 2013-Nov. 2 2013, pp 1-6

2. S. Vinogradov, A. Arodzero, R.C. Lanza, C.P. Welsch, “SiPM response to long and intense light pulses”, Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research A (2014), (in press)

3. Murer, D.; Chandra, R.; Davatz, G.; Friederich, H.; Gendotti, U.; Howard, A.; Lanza, R.; Peerani, P.; Tomanin, A.; , "4He detectors for Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel measurements," Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC), 2011 IEEE , vol., no., pp.4858-4864, 23-29 Oct. 2011

4. Anna S. Erickson, Anthony Galaitsis, Richard Lanza, Michael Hynes, Adam Bernstein, and Brandon Blackburn “Design and Fabrication of Cherenkov Counters for the Detection of SNM” AIP Conf. Proc. 1412, pp. 137-144 APPLICATIONS OF NUCLEAR TECHNIQUES: Eleventh International Conference

5. DMTPC Collaboration, S. Ahlen, J.B.R. Battat, T. Caldwell, C. Deaconu, D. Dujmic, W. Fedus, P. Fisher, F. Golub, S. Henderson, A. Inglis, A. Kaboth, G. Kohse, R. Lanza, A. Lee, J. Lopez, J. Monroe, T. Sahin, G. Sciolla, N. Skvorodnev, H. Tomita, H. Wellenstein, I. Wolfe, R. Yamamoto, H. Yegoryan, “First dark matter search results from a surface run of the 10-L DMTPC directional dark matter detector”, Physics Letters B, Volume 695, Issues 1–4, 10 January 2011, Pages 124-129

6. Horn, B.K.P.; Lanza, R.C.; Bell, J.T.; Kohse, G.E.; , "Dynamic Reconstruction," IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, vol.57, no.1, pp.193-205, Feb. 2010

7. Richard C Lanza and Timothy Antaya “High Energy Protons for Remote Standoff Detection of SNM Utilizing a Compact Superconducting Cyclotron”, in  21st International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI 2010)

8. L.J. Schultz, M.S. Wallace, M.C. Galassi, A.S. Hoover, M. Mocko, D.M. Palmer, S.R. Tornga, R.M. Kippen, M.V. Hynes, M.J. Toolin, B. Harris, J.E. McElroy, D. Wakeford, R.C. Lanza, B.K.P. Horn, D.K. Wehe, “Hybrid coded aperture and Compton imaging using an active mask”, NIM A: v 608 (2), 11 September 2009, Pages 267-274

9. Michael V. Hynes, Maurice Toolin, Bernard Harris, John McElroy, Mark S. Wallace, Larry J. Schultz, Mark Galassi, Andrew Hoover, Michal Mocko, David Palmer, Shawn Tornga, Daniel Wakeford, H. R. Andrews, E. T. H. Clifford, Liqian Li, Nick Bray, Darren Locklin, Richard Lanza, Berthold Horn, and David Wehe  “The Raytheon-SORDS trimodal imager”  Proc. SPIE 7310, (2009)

10. Daniel Wakeford, Michael V. Hynes, Maurice Toolin, Bernard Harris, John McElroy, Mark Wallace, Larry J. Schultz, David Palmer, Richard C. Lanza, Michael R. Squillante, and Anthony Kourepenis, “The SORDS trimodal imager detector arrays”, presented at SPIE Defense and Security Conference, Orlando, 2009

11. Larry J. Schultz, Mark Wallace, Mark C. Galassi, Andrew S. Hoover, Michal Mocko, David Palmer, Shawn Tornga, Michael V. Hynes, Maurice Toolin, Bernard Harris, John McElroy, Daniel Wakeford,; Richard C. Lanza, Berthold K. P. Horn, Michael R. Squillante, James F. Christian, Anthony Kourepenis, and David K. Wehe, “The SORDS trimodal imager: image reconstruction algorithms”, presented at SPIE Defense and Security Conference, Orlando, 2009

12. RC Lanza, T Antaya, BW Blackburn, B Harris, MV Hynes, R Sheffield, TN Taddeucci, and D Williams “Low Dose Gamma Ray Transmission Radiography for Detection of SNM using Monoenergetic Gamma Rays” IEEE Nuclear Science and Medical Imaging Conference, October 2008.

13. RC Lanza, “Today, Tomorrow and the Day After Tomorrow: Present and Future Trends in Imaging for National and Homeland Security” invited paper, 20th International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry CAARI 2008.

14. Lanza R “Neutron techniques for detection of explosives” in “Counterterrorist Detection Techniques of Explosives” pp 131- 155, ed. Y. Yinon, Elsevier, 2007.

15. Antonio L Damato, Berthold K. P. Horn and Richard C. Lanza, “Coded Source Imaging for Neutrons and X-Rays”, Proceedings IEEE Nuclear Science and Medical Imaging Symposium, November 2006, San Diego.

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