Radiation Laboratory

The Radiation Laboratory is devoted to characterise radiation detectors based on a semiconductor material such as Cadmium Zinc Telluride (Cd(Zn)Te) or Silicon (Si) useful for High Energy Astrophysics experiments, although it can also be used for other research areas profiting from the available instrumentation. The available equipment allows performing spectroscopy measurements at room and low temperature in the X and Gamma-ray range (from tens of keVs to 1-2 MeV). The Laboratory is a 3rd category radioactive facility authorized by the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council with the number IRA-3137.


The experimental setup at the radiation lab consists of:

•    Vacuum chamber
        Dimensions: 350 x 300 x 350 mm
        Leakage vacuum: 10-6 mbar
•    Vacuum pump
        Nominal flow: 6 m3/h
        Ultimate total pressure: 3 10-2 mbar
•    Cooling and heating control equipment. Model: Julabo FP50-HL
        Working temperature range: -50 ºC to 200 ºC
        Temperature stability: ±0.01 ºC
        Refrigerant: R404A / R507
        Overall dimensions: 42x49x72 cm
        Weight: 57 kg
•    Freezer. Model: Radiber GT-199
        Capacity: 199 lts
        Temperature: -30 ºC
•    High voltage power supply. Model: Keithley 2410 (up to 1100 V, 1 A)
•    6U VME430 195 Mini crate series: The crate offers 9 VME slots in compact designed chassis with integrated low noise power supply and cooling fan.
•    -X / gamma spectrometer:
        Universal coincidence, Model 418 A
        Quad timing filter amplifier, Model 863
        Linear gate, Model 426
        ADCAM multichanel buffer, Model 926
        5kV detector bias supply, Model 659
        NIM BIN (NIM POSER SUPPLY), type 7022-7033
        Spectroscopy amplifier and gate integrator, Model 673
•    Exempt sealed radiation sources: 133Ba, 57Co, 22Na, 137Cs, 109Cd
•    Low activity sealed radiation source: 133Ba (370 kBq)
•    General purpose laboratory instrumentation:
        6 1/2 Digital multimeter, DMM 357, Wayne Kerr
        Dual power supply, EL 302D, TTi
        Four channel oscilloscope 200MHz, 2GS/s, TDS 2024B, Tektronik
        DC power supply, IPS 3303D, ISO-TECH

Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC)

Campus UAB, Carrer de Can Magrans, s/n
08193 Barcelona.
Phone: +34 93 737 9788
Email: ice@ice.csic.es
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An institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

An institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
Affiliated with the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya

Affiliated with the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya