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Technical Training for Radionuclide Station Operators with Canberra Equipment

Location
Canberra Semiconductor N.V., Olen, Belgium

Dates
7-10 November 2022

Language
The working language will be English

Objectives
The objective of the Technical Training Programme is to provide the participants with the required knowledge and technical understanding of the Gamma Detector System, manufactured by Canberra Industries Inc., in order to perform necessary operations and maintenance tasks.

Agenda
These courses shall cover the following topics.  

Detector system theory

  • Fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation;
  • What is a HPGe semi-conductor detector and how does it work;
  • CTBTO specific preamplifier, why and what’s different;
  • Basic functions (gain, offset, pole zero, shaping time).

Genie2k basic operation

  • Setup of the hardware;
  • Calibrations.

Hands-On training

  • Safe handling of a detector (unpacking, packing, installing);
  • Manipulating the electronics (connecting, high voltage, etc.);
  • Detector initial setup and calibration;
  • Hands-on training with the available hardware from individual items up to a full working gamma spectroscopy chain, calibrated in energy, shape and efficiency;
  • Detector cooling system operation and routine maintenance;
  • Thermal cycling and oscilloscope exercise;
  • Trouble-shooting detector, MCA and cooling system including preamplifier replacement;
  • Improving detector resolution, including earth loops and how to avoid/cure them.

Participant Profile

Invited States Signatories should nominate participant(s) who are station operators involved in the operation and maintenance of the following stations

COUNTRY TREATY CODE
Argentina RN02, RN03
Canada RN14, RN16, RN17
Cook Islands RN23
Ecuador RN24
Fiji RN26
France RN27-RN32
Germany RN33
Kiribati RN39
Mauritania RN43
New Zealand RN46, RN47
Panama RN50
Philippines RN52
UK RN66

Applications from other stations using Canberra detector equipment may be considered on a space available basis.

In an effort to ensure that relevant technical training is provided to the appropriate person, please nominate individuals that are directly related to your IMS facility.
Applicants are encouraged to complete the following e-learning modules available upon direct request to [email protected]: EN-MON04, EN-MON06, EN-OSI04

Application Procedures
Nominations together with the registration forms should be submitted only through established official channels (their Permanent Missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS point of contact above, no later than 21 August 2022.

Registration Form: TT Canberra

However, pending the official nomination, the participants may email the registration upon its approval by a director of the institution or firm, to allow timely travel and accommodation arrangements by the PTS.

Financial Information
In accordance with the staff regulations and rules and Administrative Directives, the PTS will provide a Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) and financial support to cover travel costs.

  • The DSA will be  sufficient to cover related expenses during the training programme;
  • The PTS travel agent will reserve, issue and send the flight tickets to the participants for the most direct and economic route;
  • Funded participants are not allowed to purchase their own tickets unless, under exceptional circumstances, they are authorized to do so and only if this proves to be most cost effective option for the PTS;
  • The PTS will book a hotel and participants will receive their DSA upon arrival in Olen; and
  • Health insurance will be provided that covers the duration of the training;

Requirement: Scanned passport copies.

Other Information

  • Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding Embassy upon receipt of an Acceptance Note Verbale from the PTS, in order to ensure timely processing.
  • The training program is open only for Station Operators from invited countries.
  • Access to relevant e-learning modules will be provided to participants if needed.

Point of Contact

Capacity Building and Training Section
International Data Centre Division
(IDC/CBT CTBTO Preparatory Commission)
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
P.O. Box 1200, A-1400
Vienna, Austria
Tel:  +43 1 26030 6327    
Fax: +43 1 26030 5973
Email: [email protected]