Within the framework of RADSAGA, Mohamed Mounir Mahmoud (ESR08) continues to study the coupledimpact of radiation effects and aging degradation mechanisms in advanced technology nodes. At the RADiation Effects Facility (RADEF) in Jyväskylä, he had a successful testing campaign on September 24th and 25th, 2020.
Throughout the challenging 2020 year, RADSAGA ESRs have not stopped making progress in radiation effects on electronics research. The two topical conferences, RADECS and NSREC (which will be held in virtual mode this year) feature 11 presentations from them. Find them out.
A big milestone in the RADSAGA project has been achieved with the public release of the RADSAGA System-Level Radiation Testing Guideline. The document contains recommendations about when and how to use system-level radiation testing as verification scheme for space systems and sub-systems.
Despite the hard times we live in, RADSAGA did not stop its radiation testing activity and exploited the possibility of performing remote testing. This was achieved at RADEF, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, thanks to the on-site cooperation from the two RADSAGA ESRs: Sascha Lüdeke (ESR1) and Daniel Söderström (ESR2) as well as the kind facility operators.
The 2-year (120 ECTS) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/emjmd-catalogue_en ) RADMEP has been accepted for funding by the European Commission in July 2020.
The 15 RADSAGA ESRs have been selected and since September 2017 have been progressively hired by the network beneficiaries, starting their participation in interdisciplinary and intersectoral secondments in other network parterns.
RADSAGA will significantly advance the qualification methodology required for complex electronic systems used in space, aviation, car, accelerator and other high-reliability application areas in Europe.
This will be done in four strongly interconnected and coherent scientific intersectoral Work-Packages (one of which is transversal) and a total of 15 Early Stage Researchers trained through a well-defined programme and structure.
Radsaga News & Events
A whole set of brand new journal publications from RADSAGA students is now available. Most of the publications are available in open access. You can find a full list of them in the Publication section. Click on this news banner for direct access.
In the scope of RADSAGA, the need of ensuring a high quantity and quality of irradiation beam time at European facilities was clearly highlighted, amongst others during the RADSAGA system level review held in November 2019. As a consequence, the RADNEXT proposal was born, integrating a rich, transversal and complementary collection of European infrastructures capable of providing a broad range of irradiation beams and services.
On March 12-16, 2020, one year after the first test campaign, the RADSAGA ESRs went back to the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Didcot, UK. The RADSAGA students on site were Daniel Söderström (ESR 02), Kimmo Niskanen (ESR 07) and Mohamed Mounir Mahmoud (ESR 08).
The 2021 Workshop on Radiation Effects on Optoelectronics and Photonics Technology will be held in Saint Etienne, France on TBD. More information here.
The 2020 RADiation Effects on Compoments and Systems will be held virtually starting from October 19th at radecs2020.com.
In the Press
On July 11th, CERN and ESA signed a bilateral agreement to address the challenge of operating electronics in harsh radiation environments such as in high energy physics experiments as well as space. Find the link to the news here.
Cosmic rays monitors found out that radiation levels in the Earth's atmosphere both at ballon altitude and on ground have been increasing by 13% over the last four years. This is mainly caused by the lowest solar minimum of the Space Age.
For the first time ever an irradiation test was performed on a complete satellite. This was made possible by the use of the CERN CHARM facility which allows testing full systems thanks to the widespread radiation field in the irradiation room.