The Radiation Center hosts three separate gamma spectroscopy facilities (or “counting labs”) for the detection and quantification of radioisotopes. These include (1) our INAA facility with four high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors and associated signal chain electronics, each served by an automated sample changer for the efficient handling of large projects; (2) our Teaching Lab, with four HPGe workstations for student training and research activities; and (3) the “Rabbit” Lab, for the analysis of short half-life isotopes produced via the pneumatic transfer system. Over the past few years, the Radiation Center (with support from the university and external granting agencies) has invested heavily in gamma spectroscopy, up-grading older analog detector electronics to state-of-the-art digital electronics and gamma spectroscopy software. These new digital units provide improved signal processing performance, and underscore the Radiation Center’s commitment to maintaining teaching and research facilities.

 

Other equipment:

Keyence VHX-1000 digital microscope - for portable, high-resolution imaging with large depth-of-field and variable-angle observation.

Perkin-Elmer Model 307 Sample Oxidizer - an automatic preparation and oxidization system for both single and dual radiolabeled samples containing 3H and/or 14C for use in liquid scintillation counting.

Perkin-Elmer Tri-Carb 3180TR/SL Liquid Scintillation Analyzer -  an advanced computer-controlled bench-top super low level liquid scintillation analyzer for detecting small amounts of alpha, beta and gamma radioactivity for research and environmental monitoring. A proprietary Bismuth Germanium Oxide ( BGO ) detector guard provides extremely low backgrounds, making the instrument ideal for low level applications.