Published: 7 Mar 2012
cosine has developed a miniaturised version of its multifunctional particle spectrometer (MPS). This miniaturised version extends the product range of small measurements systems that cosine offers for space, airborne, and terrestrial markets such as radiation safety, non-destructive testing and environmental monitoring.
The instrument, built within 6 months with the support of the ESA technology transfer program, is a can-sized unit that has the unique property that it can identify and characterize in real time many different types of ionising radiation like X-rays, gamma-rays, electrons, protons and ions.
With this demonstrator cosine shows its expertise to design, develop, build and test radiation detection systems. The smart system includes data digitization and real-time on-board data analysis. For example it is possible to configure the data acquisition to determine on the fly both type and energy of each incoming particle at a rate of 100 kHz.
The system consists of a scintillation detector that is read out by a photodiode to measure the absorbed radiation, and a thin diode which is used for particle type identification. The diode signals are pre-amplified and further digitisation is performed on the data acquisition board. The digitised detector channels are analysed using algorithms running in an FPGA. Communication with the system is possible through a USB or SpaceWire interface.
The instrument is built up from separate modules. This provides the flexibility to tune the instrument to specific applications, by inserting alternative scintillator crystals, radiation sensors or amplifiers.
To find out if the multifunctional particle spectrometer is suitable
for your application please contact:
Dr. E. Maddox
+31 71 5241097
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