A 252Cf neutron irradiator for testing electronic components for the large hadron collider

Joseph De La Cova, William Gilbert, Matthew Graham, Jon Kilgore, Ivan Kronkvist, Roger Rusack, Reinhart Schwienhorst, Jason Sielaff, Douglas Sievers, Theodore Vidnovic

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Abstract

The radiation levels inside the experiments at the LHC will be very high. To ensure that all the electronics components used in the detectors will survive for the life the experiments, they will all be thoroughly tested for radiation hardness with neutrons and gammas. The CMS Electromagnetic Calorimeter chose has constructed a dedicated neutron irradiator at the University of Minnesota to perform neutron irradiation of all electronic components that will be mounted on the detector. The irradiator uses 11.5 mg of 252Cf for the source, with a neutron flux of ≈ 9.5 × 1013 neutrons/h. In this paper the design, construction, and operations of the Californium Neutron Irradiator will be described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference
Pages670-673
Number of pages4
Volume2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Event2001 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record - San Diege, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 4 2001Nov 10 2001

Other

Other2001 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diege, CA
Period11/4/0111/10/01

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Keywords

  • Californium
  • CMS
  • Neutron radiation

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De La Cova, J., Gilbert, W., Graham, M., Kilgore, J., Kronkvist, I., Rusack, R., Schwienhorst, R., Sielaff, J., Sievers, D., & Vidnovic, T. (2001). A 252Cf neutron irradiator for testing electronic components for the large hadron collider. In IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 670-673)