Radiation Laboratory
Service description

The Radiation Laboratory at ICE (IEEC-CSIC) is devoted to characterise radiation detectors based on a semiconductor material such as Cadmium Zinc Telluride (Cd(Zn)Te) or Silicon (Si). It is devoted to High Energy Astrophysics experiments, but it can also be used for other research areas that can take profit of the available instrumentation. The available equipment allows to perform spectroscopy measurements at room and low temperature in the X and Gamma-ray range (from tens of keVs to 1-2 MeV). The Radiation Laboratory has been authorized by the “Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN)” with the number IRA-3137.


The experimental setup at the radiation lab consists of:

  • Vacuum chamber

    • Dimensions: 350 x 300 x 350mm
    • Leakage vacuum: 10-6mbar

  • 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 … 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: -30ºC

  • High voltage power supply. Model: Keithley 2410
  • 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 radiation sources: 133 Ba, 57 Co, 22 Na, 137 Cs, 109 Cd
  • 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

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