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Electronics in extreme (and less extreme!) radiation environments – TRU Newsroom

Electronics in extreme (and less extreme!) radiation environments – TRU Newsroom

January 28, 2020 at 3:37 pm  Education, Kamloops, News

Dr. Camille Belanger-Champagne of TRIUMF Irradiation Facilities presents Electronics in extreme (and less extreme!) radiation environments as part of the Science Seminar Series.

What the talk is about

They can incapacitate satellites, cause plane autopilot systems to disengage without warning and change the result of an election. Cosmic rays that bombard electronic devices can cause a variety of failures that can be hard to predict, difficult to detect, and tricky to mitigate.

In this talk, we will discuss how cosmic ray radiation interacts with electronic devices in a variety of environments, from deep space mission vehicles to the cell phone in your pocket.

We’ll go over the types of transient errors and long-term damage that can arise in the electronic devices. We will then talk about mitigation strategies, and how particle accelerators such as TRIUMF’s 520-MeV cyclotron are one of the main tools used by engineers and researchers worldwide to test the effects of radiation on electronic components in a simple yet highly effective way.

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