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Preventive Maintenance of Nuclear Equipment

CETIC in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organises a National (AFRA) training course on Development and use of Instrumentation for Digital nuclear spectroscopy

Place: Yaoundé, Cameroon
Date: 15-19 December 2014
Deadline for


20 August 2014
Organizers: The International Atomic Energy Agency in collaboration with the Government of Cameroon, Through The Department of Physics, Faculty of Science of the University of Yaounde I.
Language: The language of instruction will be French.
Participation: The training course is open to 20 Participants.
Target Participants: Professionals, Researchers, working with radiation detectors and Technicians in charge of maintenance and repair of radiation detectors and monitoring instrumentations
Purpose of the course: Digital pulse processing (DPP) has become a key technique for processing pulses from radiation detectors. The technique is utilized in many research and commercial instruments, particularly Multi channel Analyzers and related spectroscopy systems like: Canberra – Lynx Digital Signal Analyzer, OSPREY Universal Digital MCA,DSA-1000 Desktop Spectrum Analyzer, InSpector 2000 DSP Portable Spectroscopy Workstation; Ortec – digiBASE Digital Gamma Spectrometer, DSPEC spectrometer, DigiDART Portable Digital HPGe MCA etc.

Although, the technique has proliferated very quickly the training on underlying basic principles and their implementation has been slow and inadequate, even in developed countries, due to proprietary hardware and software, lack of specialized text books, training procedures and educational hardware platforms. The aim of this course is to train the participants in underlying principles, and their implementation through a step by step development of a custom made Multichannel Analyzer by using state of the art development tools like MATLAB/Simulink, Xilinx ISE and a FPGA based hardware

Participants’qualifications and experience: The participants should be experienced technicians, engineers, physicists or have a degree in a related area and be involved in a refurbishment and development of modern nuclear spectroscopic systems that requires utilization of digital signal processing and particularly Digital Multichannel Analyzers. A basic knowledge in microcontroller, C programming and FPGA programming is required.
Nature of the course:  The training will consist of lectures in the form of technical presentations by the expert followed by practical demonstrations with hands-on exercises. The following topics will be covered

  • Introduction to radiation detectors
  • Energy resolution, electronic noise and optimal signal shaping
  • Analog to digital conversion basics
  • Discrete-time signals and systems
  • Digital filters for nuclear spectroscopy systems
  • Digital MCA design and implementation
Course Director: Mr Patrice Ele Abiama
Ministère de la Recherche Scientifique et de l’Innovation
Institut de Recherches Géologiques et Minières;
Laboratoire de recherches énergétiques
Yaoundé B.P. 4110
Telephone: 23722 22 2430
Mobile: 23777329699
Fax: 23722 21336
Email: eleabiama2003@yahoo.fr

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