NSS Program & Topics

Following a long lasting tradition, The NSS 2020 in Boston will be held simultaneously with the 2020 Medical Imaging Conference and the 27th International Symposium on Room Temperature X Ray and Gamma Ray detectors, bringing together one of the largest community of radiation detector experts in the world. The meeting, which will be in Boston, will offer a unique opportunity for scientists and engineers working in the field of radiation instrumentation to network, present new results and discuss the latest developments in a large variety of application fields in a vibrant environment.

The NSS program has changed from the past years to take into account the latest trends in detector technology, radiation detection, detector materials, new instrumentation techniques, and their implementation in high energy and nuclear physics, astrophysics, accelerators, national nuclear security, and many other applications in various types of radiation environments. Since many developments have strong overlaps in several fields Joint Sessions will be held with the MIC and RTSD, while special topic workshops will cover areas of specific interest. Short Courses on a variety of traditional as well as novel topics of interest to the NSS community are also being offered.

Authors are invited to submit papers describing original unpublished work in the following topics:

Electronics and Methods

  • Analog and Digital Circuits
  • DAQ, Trigger and Front-End Electronics Systems
  • Modeling, Computational methods, Data and Analysis
  • Neutron and Gamma ray Imaging (Single particle and dual particle imaging)

Detector Development

  • Photodetectors (PMTS, SiPMs, etc.)
  • Organic Scintillators (Growth, new materials, applications)
  • Inorganic Scintillators (Growth, new materials, applications)
  • Semiconductor and Gaseous Detectors (Growth, new materials, applications)
  • Unconventional Detectors (LXe, LAr, antineutrino, muon, etc.)


  • Nonproliferation, National, and Homeland Security (Safeguards, treaty verification, contraband detection)
  • Nuclear and High-Energy Physics, and Astrophysics (Accelerator, FEL and beamline instrumentation)
  • Space applications
  • Radiation Damage Effects and Rad-Hard Devices
  • Dosimetry and Reactor Applications

We invite you to come to Boston and contribute to the excellent program we plan to have! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions or if we can help with any aspects of the program.

We look forward to seeing you at NSS 2020!

NSS Co-Chairs:

Sara Pozzi, NSS Program Chair
The University of Michigan

Stefan Ritt, NSS Program Deputy Chair