The Bern cyclotron is also used as an irradiation facility for radiation hardness studies. Recently we have irradiated components for the upgrade of the ATLAS pixel detector at CERN, and validated the performance after irradiation of parts used in the JUICE space mission to Jupiter (work carried out in collaboration with the Space and Planetology (WP) division of the Physics Institute of the University of Bern). We have proved that we can simulate 12 years of irradiation of Jupiter in 30 minutes! Collaborations for radiation hardness studies extend beyond the University of Bern (CERN, University of Geneva). Next to the irradiation bunker, the facility offers a physics lab where experimental setups can be installed to evaluate the effects of radiation.
If interested in the possibility to irradiate components at the Bern cyclotron, please contact Prof. Saverio Braccini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A specific setup for radiation hardness studies can be installed in the BTL. The irradiation of the device under test is performed by continuous monitoring (UniBEaM and Pi2) of the beam characteristics and of the dose. A movable stage allows for the irradiation of several components without accessing the BTL bunker.
The figure below shows one of the radiation hardness studies that are being conducted with the Bern cyclotron.
J. Anders, S. Braccini, T. Carzaniga, A. Ereditato, A. Fehr, F. Meloni, C. Merlassino, A. Miucci, M. Rimoldi, M. Weber, A facility for radiation hardness studies based on the Bern medical cyclotron; J. Anders et al 2022 JINST 17 P04021;