Essential Information for PIF Users
Before arriving to PSI, please register as a user
You will find all necessary information in there. You will also be able to
the safety course as well as apply for your personal dosimeter and the
Both are required during your stay at PSI.
Please provide us enough information for
optimal planning of the whole
test. Data such as size of your active component area, number of samples
under test at the same time is very important for preparation of the proton
beam, collimators and shielding. This with the total number of
to be tested, required energies and doses allows to prepare the most optimal
test procedure and minimize the required beam time.
Please consider making use of the
standard sample holder. It allows for
fast and easy mounting of your device (board, plate, chip etc.) on the beam
and setting its position. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need any
The length of cables
between test area and control barrack equals to ca. 30 m.
User can either bring its own cables or use some of existing cables for
connections. Typically we provide some BNC and HV cables as well as
D25 and RJ49 twisted pair connections.
There is also a possibility to remotely control user's PC located in the
from the control barrack using Monitor/Mouse/Keyboard extender or
PC with suitable software installed (PCanywhere
Nominal parameters are
220 V, 50 Hz with Swiss type of plugs and sockets.
Please inform us in advance if we should provide interfaces between
and other 'European' types of sockets. It
will also be helpful to bring socket-
boards with yourself in order to plug your devices.
It is natural that all materials exposed
to protons will be activated and
for certain time cannot be taken out of the radiation controlled
You can help to shorten the storing and activity decay period you by
optimizing your test setup:
- minimize the irradiated area of the device under
e.g. use masks and collimators that can be de-attached from
- expose to protons as little of the material bulk as possible
e.g. leave the space behind the tested device empty.
- Use low Z materials whenever possible
e.g. take plexiglas instead of Aluminum
Radiation Control After Test
Proton exposed devices must be
controlled by PSI Health Physicists after
completion of the test. Without it, no items are allowed to be removed outside
the radiation zone. Health Physicists are available during normal working
from Monday to Friday (8:00 to 17:00).
Please look at How to
order beam time for information about shipment and customs.
Telephone number extensions:
Barrack 16 (PIF at PROSCAN) - 5386
Test area (PIF at PROSCAN) -