Radiation physics - development of X and gamma-ray detectors


Data collection run at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory (UK)

THESEUS satellite concept


artistic image of the HERMES constellation of nanosatellites


In this laboratory, research and teaching is carried out on innovative detectors for X and gamma radiation. Solid state detectors: PiN and avalanche diodes, Silicon drift detectors (SSD), SiPM, CCD, CdTe; scintillation detectors: LaBr3:Ce, GAGG, CsI:Tl, to name a few. We develop complex detection systems for Medical Physics (Imaging and Dosimetry), Subnuclear Physics experiments, Space Astrophysics (ESA and ASI Missions). In addition, advanced electronics - including embedded controllers and sensors - are used and developed for these detectors and detection systems.  

The detectors and dedicated electronics are particularly suitable for teaching to the students of the Degree in Physics who acquire skills in Applied Physics, Electronics, Embedded Controllers and Sensors applied to Medicine, Research and Industry. 

Research themes 

  • Pre-clinical medical imaging (Tomography, Mammography) 
  • Environmental and personal dosimetry (development of solid state dosimeters) 
  • Development of innovative systems and techniques for Biophysics 
  • Advanced detection systems for Nuclear Physics Experiments (FAMU Experiment) 
  • Detection systems for satellites in Earth orbit (ESA Mission THESEUS) 
  • Detection systems for nanosatellites in Earth orbit (ASI/Miur Mission HERMES) 


  • Instrumentation for electrical and electronic measurements 
  • Electronic processing and reworking unit 


Fig. 1: data collection run at the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory (UK) 

Fig. 2: THESEUS satellite concept (https://www.isdc.unige.ch/theseus/

Fig.3: artistic image of the HERMES constellation of nanosatellites (http://hermes.dsf.unica.it/) 

Advisory serviced 

Medical Physics Consulting services are offered (X-ray equipment, Dosimetry, Risk Assessment or Detriment) 

Teaching and training  

The Radiation Physics Laboratory offers its resources, including two electronic measurement stations, two PCB brazing stations, several sensors and transducers with relative microcontrollers to support: 

  • Exercises for the Applied Physics Laboratory Course 
  • Development of degree thesis 
  • Development of research projects for PhD students and post-doc students 


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