Irradiation Center Karlsruhe

Proton irradiation setup in front of beam pipe. Samples are placed in box, which can be cooled by cold nitrogen gas. The box is being scanned during irradiation to cover the whole target area.
X-ray setup configured for pixel sensor calibrations.


The Irradiation Centre in Karlsruhe was initiated in 2001 and used for irradiation studies of silicon sensors for the current CMS Tracker at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Now, the experiments for the LHC are completed, but the next challenge is waiting: the HL-LHC!
The collider will be upgraded to ten times higher peak luminosity and therefore higher radiation damage to the detectors. This requires further R&D to find the limits of silicon sensor technology and electronic devices

For radiation hardness studies in the HEP community we offer to perform irradiations with 25 MeV protons from a Compact Cyclotron operated by ZAG Zyklotron AG, a private company located on the Campus North of the KIT. We arrange access, prepare and perform the irradiation and help with all sort of questions about radiation damage.

Please, foresee 6 weeks time between sample arrival at KIT and return shipment!

Within the European project AIDA2020 irradiations were funded via Transnational Access for eligible groups. Currently no funds available anymore!


In addition, we provide an X-ray setup with a dose rate of up to 40 kGy/h to test the effects of pure ionising radiation.



Facility coordinators: Dr. A. Dierlamm

Technical support: B. Berger

Shipping address:

Dr. A. Dierlamm
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Institut für Experimentelle Teilchenphysik
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, Building 401
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

For access requests or further questions send an email to: irradiation∂lists kit edu