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16-19 January 2018
Zurich, Switzerland
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Current and planned upgrades of the IRRAD and GIF++ irradiation facilities at CERN

17 Jan 2018, 09:00
ETH HG E 1.2 (Zurich, Switzerland)

ETH HG E 1.2

Zurich, Switzerland

Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich, Schweiz


Ms Blerina Gkotse (CERN)


The upcoming High-Luminosity upgrade of the CERN Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) and the R&D on future accelerators (FCC) requires radiation hardness tests and qualification of tracking and calorimetry detectors. Two reference facilities for irradiation tests at CERN are the Proton Irradiation Facility (IRRAD) and the Gamma Irradiation Facility (GIF++). The IRRAD facility, located in the East Area of the Proton Synchrotron (PS) accelerator, receives a 24GeV/c proton beam from the PS for the irradiation experiments and it is mainly used for the characterisation of inner detector components. The GIF++, located in the North Area of Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS), is a unique facility, which combines a µ-beam from the H4 beam line and a 137Cs of 14 TBq in order to provide a radiation field suitable for the qualification of gas detectors of HEP experiments. Both facilities have several equipment and complex control and data management systems, which have been implemented and improved within EU-funded projects (AIDA-2020). In this talk, these facilities will be presented and their current operation and planned upgrades will be described in detail. In addition, this presentation will include an overview of the most commonly used irradiation facilities for particle detectors and electronic components testing. Some practical recommendations and best practices about the organization of irradiation test campaigns will be provided. Finally, an update about the new CERN Irradiation Facilities database including information about the characteristics and locations of worldwide available facilities, developed one year ago within the EU-funded project AIDA-2020, will be presented.

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