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Areas of Research Expertise

* Nuclear fuel cycles
* Transmutation/depletion/activation
* Proliferation analysis
* Energy policy
* Monte Carlo methods
* Reactor core design & analysis

Web site

Paul Wilson's University Home Page 

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Current/Active Funding

  • Sandia National Laboratories, DOE, 2006-2011, Development of the Mesquite Mesh Improvement Library
  • Battelle Energy Alliance, DOE, 2009-2012, Advanced Mesh-Enabled Monte Carlo Capability for Multi-Physics Reactor Analysis
  • Argonne National Laboratory, DOE, 2011-2012, Interoperable Tools for Advanced Petascale Simulations

Issued Patent(s)


USPTO Published Applications

Recent Publication(s)

  • "Acceleration techniques for the direct use of CAD-based geometry in fusion neutronics analysis"

Wilson PPH, Tautges TJ, Smith BM, et al., Fusion Engineering and Design 85(10-12): 1759-1765 Dec 2010. By forming hierarchical trees of oriented bounding boxes, one for each facet that results from a high-fidelity tessellation of the model, the ray-tracing performance is adequate to permit detailed analysis of large complex systems.

  • "An apparatus for the study of high temperature water radiolysis in a nuclear reactor: Calibration of dose in a mixed neutron/gamma radiation field"

Edwards EJ, Wilson PPH, Anderson MH, et al., Review of Scientific Instruments 78 (12): 124101 2007. In this paper we report the design of an apparatus intended to measure neutron radiolysis yields as a function of temperature and pressure. A new methodology for separation of neutron and beta/gamma radiolysis yields in a mixed radiation field is proposed and demonstrated.

  • "Transmutation of actinides using Z-pinch fusion"

Cipiti BB, Wilson PPH, Phruksarojanakun P, et al., Fusion Science and Technology 52 (3): 731-738 2007. Sandia National Laboratories has initiated a scoping level design of a sub-critical transmutation reactor driven by Z-Pinch fusion. The baseline design is able to burn up 1,280 kg of actinides per year while at the same time producing 3, 000 MWth. The fusion driver required for this application is 20 MW, or a 200 MJ target fired once every 10 seconds. This paper discusses how a fusion actinide burner can fit into the nuclear fuel cycle.

Recent Artistic Works



  • Fusion Technology Institute
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Sandia National Laboratories

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Phone Number

(608) 263-0807 

Current University

UW- Madison 


Engineering Physics 


Associate Professor 

Other Appointments

CNERG group leader

Address Line 1

419 Engineering Research Building 

Address Line 2

1500 Engineering Drive 





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Bachelor's Degree

BS, University of Toronto, Engineering Science, 1992

Master's Degree

MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nuclear Engineering, 1994


Dr-Ing, Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, Mechanical Engineering, 1998
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, 1999

Other Degrees


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