Ygor Aguiar

Posted on 3 April 2023


In December 2022, after two editions in virtual format, the 19th edition of the International School on the Effects of Radiation on Embedded Systems for Space Applications (SERESSA) took place at CERN with the support from RADNEXT and the Radiation to Electronics (R2E) projects. For the first time in the history of the school, an attendance of more than 150 participants was reached, including participants from more than 20 countries. About 40% of the participants were MSc and PhD students in electronics/physics, meaning that the majority were professionals from Industry and research centers seeking to improve their knowledge in radiation effects in electronics. The technical program was composed of:

  • 24 lectures exploring the basics of radiation effects, from the physical mechanisms to their impact at circuit/system level as well as advanced lectures covering the qualification of components and systems, mostly in view of the emerging New Space industry and the related massive usage of COTS components.
  • 2 software trainings with hands-on experience using two very important open tools to study and analyze radiation effects on electronics: OMERE and G4SEE. The latter is developed within the R2E project, and it is still in development in the framework of the activities performed in the complementary modeling tools research in WP08/JRA4.
  • 2 technical visits to CERN installations: the Synchrocyclotron (SC), the first accelerator at CERN; and to ATLAS, one of the LHC experiments.
  • 1 poster session where students were invited to present their research activities and exchange with the experts in the field of radiation effects in electronics.

To support the participation of students worldwide, the R2E project at CERN provided 5 students grants to cover their registration and accommodation during the school. In case you did not have the opportunity to attend the school in person, you can still learn from the lectures available for consultation in the Indico page of the event.

Fig. 1.: Matteo Cecchetto (CERN) presenting the lecture on accelerator environment and the effect of neutrons in electronic components (Courtesy of CERN)
Fig. 2.: More than 150 participants actively participating in the school between 5th to 9th of December, 2022 (Courtesy of CERN)