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Newsletter January 7, 2021 - 2nd webinar: The CERF and CSBF workplace exposure facilities at CERN

07 January '21


The EURADOS webinars are organized on a monthly basis with the aim of a better and wider dissemination of the scientific results of the EURADOS working groups. 
We are very happy to present the 2nd EURADOS webinar:

The CERF and CSBF workplace exposure facilities at CERN

Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM (Brussels, GMT +1:00)

The webinar will be presented by Working Group 11: High energy radiation fields, and will be organized in three short seminars, after a short introduction by the WG11 chair:

  • Brief introduction to the EURADOS WG11 (Marco Caresana, POLIMI)
  • A brief overview of CERN irradiation facilities and an historical look at CERF (Marco Silari, CERN)
  • The CERF facility, latest update (Fabio Pozzi, CERN)
  • The CERN Shielding Benchmark Facility (CSBF) (Robert Froeschl, CERN)

Participation is free, but it is necessary to register at this page. Instructions to follow the webinar will be sent after registration. 

Summary of the webinar

Neutron calibrations and tests often need to be performed at energies and in spectral distributions very different from those generated by radioactive sources. These three short talks will describe two workplace radiation facilities available at CERN high-energy accelerators.

CERF (CERN-EU high-energy Reference Field) is a high-energy workplace radiation field primarily for testing radiation protection instrumentation used at high-energy accelerators and for aircrew dosimetry. CERF, served by a beam from the Super Proton Synchrotron, offers several exposure locations at two reference neutron fields with very different energy distributions, produced by 80 cm thick concrete and 40 cm thick iron shields, and broad range of dose rates. The LET distribution of dose equivalent makes CERF a suitable facility also for space dosimetry. Other applications are radiobiology studies, spallation cross section measurements directly in the hadron beam, activation studies of accelerator materials (by exposing them next to the target), and benchmarking Monte Carlo codes against experimental data. Absolute reference spectra and dose rates are calculated by the FLUKA Monte Carlo code and benchmarked against experimental data.

The CERN Shielding Benchmark Facility (CSBF) is situated laterally above the target station of the CERN High Energy Accelerator Mixed Field (CHARM) in the CERN East Experimental Area. It allows deep shielding penetration benchmark studies of various shielding configurations and materials for the secondary radiation created by the impact of the slowly extracted CERN Proton Synchrotron beam onto one out of a set of dedicated targets. The CSBF consists of 40 cm of initial cast iron shielding, a 200 cm long removable concrete block with 4 slots for activation samples, a material test location that is used for measurements at different thicknesses of various shielding materials as well as a platform for active and passive measurements in deep shielding penetration fields. The capabilities of the CSBF and the already performed benchmark and characterization studies are presented together with future exploitation schemes.


We are a network of more than 80 European institutions (Voting Members) and 560 scientists (Associate Members). We promote research and development and European cooperation in the field of the dosimetry of ionizing radiation.


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Executive editor
Paola Fattibene
Istituto Superiore di Sanita', ISS

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