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CERN and ESA join forces in harsh environments

12 September 2019
The effects of radiation on electronics for the JUICE mission

Strengthening connections between particle physics and related disciplines, CERN signed a collaboration agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA) on 11 July to address the challenges of operating equipment in harsh radiation environments. Such environments are found in both particle-physics facilities and outer space, and the agreement identifies several high-priority projects, including: high-energy electron tests; high-penetration heavy-ion tests; assessment of commercial components and modules; radiation-hard and radiation-tolerant components and modules; radiation detectors, monitors and dosimeters; and simulation tools for radiation effects. Important preliminary results have already been achieved in some areas, including high-energy electron tests of electronics for the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission performed at CERN’s CLEAR/VESPER facility.

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