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The Center for Space Radiation (CSR) is part of the ELI, "Earth and Life Institute" at UCL. It conducts research aimed at providing the Space Physics community (research scientists, instrument developers, aerospace industries) with the most accurate characteristics of the space radiation environment. To this purpose, the CSR is mainly active in the:

  • Design and Characterization of space radiation detectors
  • Analysis of space radiation data (energetic particles, VLF waves, ...)
  • Theoretical studies of the Radiation Belts

There are several type of radiation in space, all of which may be detected using available technologies. In fact members of the CSR have been involved in detector development for all major experiments undertaken at CERN for two decades. The CSR's priority in detector design is devoted to radiation that may cause hazard to crews and electronic systems on board space vehicles and airplanes. On the other hand, harmless primary radiation (VLF waves, low energy particles, high energy neutral atoms, dust grains, ...) are present in the space environment resulting in hazardous secondary radiation and effects. The study of such interactions using simulation tools provides space science community with invaluable know-how that helps to

  • Select the relevant radiations to be monitored
  • Assess the mechanisms that control the dynamic of the space radiation environment
  • Shield space system.

For these purposes, the CSR team performs:

  • Monte-Carlo simulation of energetic particle interaction with matter in detectors and electronics components
  • Monte-Carlo simulation of energetic particle interaction with the magnetosphere - atmosphere, using GEANT software package.

The CSR collaborates with the team mainly responsible of research on space plasma and models of space radiation at the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy.

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