Discover... ISAE-SUPAERO’s irradiator!
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In the frame of its research activities, ISAE-SUPAERO develops electronic components and systems for scientific and space applications. Space is a very aggressive environment, in particular because high-energy particles emitted by the sun or trapped in radiation belts threaten the health of astronauts, the properties of materials and the proper functioning of electronic chips.
In order to reproduce the effects of this ionizing radiation on electronic technologies in the laboratory, ISAE-SUPAERO has equipped itself with an X-ray irradiation chamber with an energy of up to 320 keV. This video presents a classic use of this equipment: an electronic component to be tested is placed in the irradiation chamber, the X-ray tube is powered up, and the effects on the operation of the component (here an image sensor) are observed and measured in real time.