On April 1st 2014, after extensive preparations, the first measurements of radiation hardness of electronic components for space applications have been performed with high energy heavy ions from the AGOR cyclotron. These measurements were made by ESA (European Space Agency) using specially developed beams of high energy Neon, Argon, Krypton and Xenon. Thanks to the high energy the ions can penetrate into the active part of electronic components, such as computer processors and memory. During the irradiation the components suffer the same damage as in space, where a high level of radiation is present. Because of the continuing miniaturization of semiconductor components, this damage becomes increasingly important, which has caused an increased demand for test capacity of components that will be used in satellites, aircraft and even ground based applications.
ESA and companies in space and aviation industry have been using the high energy proton beams from the AGOR cyclotron already for about 10 years to perform research into radiation damage. Because of the increased demand for heavier ions, an under-capacity has developed in Europe which the facility at KVI-CART can now alleviate. We therefore expect a significant expansion of these contract research activities.
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has appointed Professor Maria Loi and Professor Dirk Slotboom from the Faculty of Science and Engineering as members of the Academy.
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded three Vici grants, worth €1.5 million each, to three UG researchers. Prof. J.W Romeijn, Prof. S. Hoekstra, Prof. K.I. Caputi can use this money to develop an innovative line of research and to set up...
Reaching out to sustainable business owners is what Gjalt de Jong is all about. He sees the University as a director of innovation. An independent arbiter who can expedite the shift to a circular economy. To this end, he first needed to change...
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