Neutron and gamma radiation testing at the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana

Last week the Innovate UK ReDRESS team has successfully irradiated three different ultrasound transducer technologies with gammas and neutrons at the Jozef Stefan Institute TRIGA nuclear research reactor. The goal is to demonstrate the levels of radiation resilience for non destructive testing in the nuclear industry. Detailed simulations are also being performed by the University of Sheffield to establish the neutron and gamma fluences inside the devices under test, as well as quantities such as total ionising dose, neutron kerma, and DPA. The results will be presented at the ANIMMA 2019 International Conference on nuclear instrumentation and measurement methods in nuclear environments.

Sheffield organising workshop at CERN on radiation effects to sensor and electronic systems

A third in a series of workshops at CERN will take place 11-12 February, looking at the impact of radiation on sensor and electronic systems at the Large Hadron Collider. Dr Dawson is leading the organisation of the workshop – unique in bringing together the experiences from across the experiments (ATLAS, CMS, LHCb and ALICE). All these experiments are now observing significant radiation damage in their detector systems, so it is timely to compare the original performance predictions with today’s measurements. The high levels of radiation are caused by the intense rates of proton-proton collision (billions every second). Four sessions at the workshop will look into 1) silicon sensor measurements, 2) sensor simulation, 3) radiation environment simulation and monitoring, 4) impact of radiation on electronic and optoelectronics. As a result of the workshops Dr Dawson will lead on producing a so called “CERN Yellow Report”, which will become the go to reference for designing and operating state-of-the-art detector systems in future projects.

Gamma radiation testing at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility

A UK consortium of tech companies with the University of Sheffield as the academic partner, successfully irradiated three different ultrasound transducer technologies with gamma at the Dalton Cumbrian Facility, University of Manchester, UK in December. The goal is to demonstrate the radiation resilience of ultrasound transducers up to ionising dose rates of 10 MGy. Detailed simulations have been performed by the Sheffield Radiation Effects team to establish the gamma fluence and dose profiles inside the devices under test. The results will either be presented at a conference, or be published in a peer reviewed journal.