Radiation Testing - Laboratories

Total Ionizing Dose (TID), Testing Prompt Dose Testing (Transient Radiation Effects on Electronics - TREE), Single Event Effects (SEE), Testing Neutron Displacement Damage Testing


Total Ionizing Dose

High Dose Rate Co-60 Sources

Sources: Gammacell 220 sources (2) Applications: Exposing piece parts as well as materials to Cobalt-60 high-dose-rate gamma irradiators.

  • MIL-STD-883 TM 1019, Condition A
Specifications (as of 3/14/19)

Gammacell 220 Sources: 0.42, 171 rad(Si)/s

Gammacell 220 Source

Three Gammacell 220 Sources

Low Dose Rate Co-60 Sources

Sources: NLS-Beacon sources and Shepherd 142-MA source Applications: Exposing bipolar or BiCMOS linear or mixed-signal piece parts for Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS) Testing.

  • MIL-STD-883 TM 1019, Condition D
Specifications (as of 3/14/19)

NLS-Beacon sources: ≤ 0.05 rad(Si)/s
Shepherd 142-MA source: ≤ 0.025 rad(Si)/s

Beacon Sources (room irradiator)

Shepherd 142-MA Source

More Information

Radiation Testing Datasheet

Prompt Dose

Prompt Dose Testing (TREE)

Febetron 705 Flash X-Ray Machine (X-Ray Mode)
Applications: Prompt dose latch-up, burnout, upset and recovery


Peak dose rate: 1011 rad(Si)/s at faceplate (large IC)
Pulse width (FWHM): 22 ns
Maximum repetition rate: 1 pulse/min

Febetron 705 Flash X-Ray Facility

Large EMI/RFI-shielded X-Ray Facility Instrumentation Room

Single Event Effects

Single Events Effects (SEE) Testing

Access to off-site facilities for Heavy Ion and Proton testing. Custom portable test systems available for proton and heavy ion testing at these facilities.

Heavy Ion: Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) 88-inch Cyclotron, Brookhaven National Laboratory (NSRL, Tandem VandeGraff), and other accelerator sites.

  • ASTM F 1192-00(2006)
  • EIA/JESD 57

Proton: Massachusetts General Hospital, UC Davis Crocker Nuclear Lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) 88-inch Cyclotron, Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) James M. Slater Proton Treatment & Research Center, and Provisions Proton Facility

Applications: Plan experiments and prepare custom fixtures for Single Event Effects (SEE) testing.

  • Single Event Upset (SEU)
  • Single Event Transient (SET)
  • Single Event Functional Interrupt (SEFI)
  • Single Event Latch-up (SEL)
  • Single Event Burnout (SEB)
  • Single Event Gate Rupture (SEGR)

Neutron Facilities

Neutron Testing

Off-site facility: Access to Neutrons from a TRIGA nuclear reactor Applications: Displacement damage testing

  • MIL-STD-883 TM 1017
  • Licensed to handle radioactive materials