Sidney Ricketts is working as an experimentalist at the Center for Exascale Radiation Transport (CERT). He works with spherical boron trifluoride (BF3) detectors to look at radiation transport through different configurations of large graphite piles. These detectors require an analog to digital converter for each detector. He will use a multiplexer to try and create an array of BF3 detectors in which a single analog to digital converter can be used for the array of detectors. This would be helpful in reducing the costs of multiple analog to digital converters, as well as speed up experiments by being able to use multiple detectors at one time. He also assists in creating MCNP simulations to model experiments, which are then used to match simulations in Texas A&M’s massively parallel 3D deterministic radiation transport code, PDT. Dr. Craig Marianno and Dr. Marvin Adams are his advisers. Ricketts graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in physics in May 2017 from Oklahoma State, where he studied gas proportional counters and emergency dosimetry. He earned a M.S. in nuclear engineering with a nonproliferation specialization in May of 2021. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University.
- S.A. Ricketts, "Investigation of Cadmium Lining Effects in Neutron Detector Shroud", M.S. Thesis, Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2021).
- J. King, S. Chirayath, E. Aboud, V. Bautista, P. Behne, H. Boo, R. Brownfield, J. Chisholm, K. Cook, A. Edwin, H. Kistle, P. O’Neal, E. Ordonez, M. Ramirez, S. Ricketts, R. Suh, "Safety Evaluation of a Spent Fuel Dry-Storage Canister with Various Fill Materials", Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 120 (2019).