Technical Training for Radionuclide Station Operators with Mirion (Canberra) Equipment

Canberra Semiconductor N.V.
Olen, Belgium

15-18 October 2024

The working language will be English

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

The courses shall cover the following topics: 

Detector system theory

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

Genie2k operation

  • Software installation (demo only);
  • Setup of the hardware and calibrations.

Hands-On training

  • Safe handling of 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 1 efficiency calibration;
  • 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.

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

CountryTreaty Code 
ArgentinaRN02, RN03
CanadaRN14, RN16, RN17
Cook IslandsRN23
Fiji    RN26
FranceRN27-RN32 and 45
New ZealandRN46, RN47

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(s), please nominate individuals that are directly related to the IMS facility. 

Applicants are encouraged to complete the following e-learning modules, available upon direct request to [email protected]:

EN-MON04 – Radionuclide Monitoring
EN-MON06 – IMS Radionuclide Data Acquisition, Storage and Processing  
EN-MON19 – Radionuclide Health and Safety Procedures for Station Operators

Nominations together with the registration form(s) should be submitted only through established official channels (the Permanent Missions to the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO or Ministries of Foreign Affairs) to the PTS point of contact above, no later than 4 August 2024.

Applicants are requested to use the following registration form: 


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.

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.


Participants should apply for visas, if needed, at the corresponding Embassy/Consular office 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 (CBT/IDC)
CTBTO Preparatory Commission
P.O. Box 1200
A-1400 Vienna, Austria  

Tel:  +43 1 26030 6132    
Email: [email protected]