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Dr Dale Propokovich

Dr Dale Prokopovich

Senior Physicist – Research Infrastructure

Role at ANSTO
 

Dr Dale Prokopovich is a Senior Physicist – Research Infrastructure in the Nuclear Stewardship group, who has been working at ANSTO since 2004. 

Dale obtained a PhD from the Wollongong University in 2011 investigating the use of SOI microdosimetry to measure the mixed field radiation encountered in space and aviation environments. This research resulted in the use of high energy accelerators to simulate the complex mixed radiation fields in space and at high altitudes. 

During his career at ANSTO Dale has been involved in multiple diverse areas including particle therapy for cancer treatment, measurement of space and aviation radiation fields (including measurements at CERN and flights over Antarctica to measure galactic cosmic rays), the use of accelerators to characterise semiconductor materials and device structures for radiation detection and detectors for small animal imaging applications. 

Dale also has broad experience with accelerator technologies, medical imaging and high energy radiation transport simulations enabling a comprehensive understanding of particle therapy technologies and facilities. 

In order to support the design and commissioning of potential particle therapy facilities in Australia Dale has undertaken a six-month placement as part of the commissioning team at the MedAustron particle therapy facility in Austria. During this placement he was participating in the commissioning of the vertical beamline as well as working on further improving the performance of the beam delivery to ensure faster beam delivery and allow for more patients to benefit from this therapy into the future and for research purposes delivering high energy protons, up to 800 MeV, for future use in the research room.

Dale has been actively involved in supporting new research infrastructure opportunities for Australia including the various particle therapy proposals for Australia and the SUPL and SABRE dark matter lab and experiment. This has involved representation on various steering committees and technical working groups as well as coordinating the measurement work needed to be undertaken to ensure the realisation of the facilities.

Expertise

Expertise Radiation detectors, Particle Therapy, Radiation transport simulation, Semiconductor characterisation, Accelerator Physics, Microdosimetry, Space and aviation dosimetry, Scientific programming, Analogue and digital electronics, Expert advice to large-scale research infrastructure projects

Qualifications and Achievements

  • PhD in Space and Aviation dosimetry from the University of Wollongong (2011)
  • BSc (Hons) in Physics from the University of Wollongong (2002)
  • BCompSc from the University of Wollongong (2002)

Committees, Affiliations & Memberships

  • Honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics at the University of Wollongong since 2014
  • Honorary Associate of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney since 2019