Work Package 5

Radiation effects testing with VHE ions

Simone Gerardin
(University of Padua)
WP Leader
Marta Bagatin
(University of Padua)
Renaud Mangeret
(Airbus Defence & Space)
Mirko Rostewitz
(Airbus Defence & Space)
Roberta Mancini
(Thales Alenia Space)
Stefano Francola
(Thales Alenia Space)
Alessandro Paccagnella
(University of Padua)
Christian Binois
(Airbus Defence & Space)
Aminata Carvalho
(Airbus Defence & Space)
Andrea Coronetti
Mario Sacristan Barbero


The suitability of the infrastructures for the testing and qualification of EEE devices (with the aim of increasing the TRL to 6-7) and electronic boards is a key aspect for its future utilisation at an industrial level. Within this work package, the objective will be that of studying the radiation effects induced by VHE heavy ions on a set of technologies that is representative of current state-of-the-art COTS electronics. This will also enable bridging this novel qualification methodology to the existing one, based on standard-energy heavy ions. The envisaged hierarchical approach, based on three levels of study complexity, will highlight different levels of details and address various complexity stages.


  • Task 5.1: Final review of VHE ion beam requirements for SEE testing (ADS, TAS, month 1-6)
  • Task 5.2: Analysis of ionization response in a PIN diode for beam quality assessments (UNIPD, month 1-24)
  • Task 5.3: Suitability of the proposed VHE ion beams for 3D integrated device structures (UNIPD, month 12-36)
  • Task 5.4: Validation of the VHE ion beams for industrial use with TRL 6-7 achievement (ADS, CERN, month 12-36)
  • Task 5.5: Qualification of high-complexity devices (UNIPD, TAS, month 24-48)
  • Task 5.6: Board-level testing (TAS, month 24-48)


  • D5.1: Finalised list of beam parameter requirements concurring to establish a TRL 6-7 for the CHARM facility
  • D5.2: Validation of beam parameter quality of CERN and GSI infrastructures for testing of electronics
  • D5.3: Verification of the beam parameter suitability for testing 3D structures
  • D5.4: Verification of the compliance with beam parameter requirements and awarding of TRL 6-7
  • D5.5: Implications of beam energy in single event testing for various levels of device integration
  • D5.6: Guideline on SEE qualification procedures for high complexity devices and board-level testing with VHE ion beams


  • M14: Achievement of TRL6-7 for electronics testing at the CHARM facility
  • M15: Achievement of TRL6-7 for electronics testing at GSI
  • M16: First-time heavy ion SEE qualification of highly-integrated electronic devices in Europe
  • M17: Release of guideline for SEE testing with VHE ion beams

The HEARTS project is funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement No. 101082402, through the Space Work Programme of the European Commission.

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