PHOENIX


Project presentation

Project title: Photonics devices under extreme operating conditions
Project acronym: PHOENIX
Project duration: January 2017 – June 2018
Contract: 24 PED/ 2017
Project budget: 597.613 RON
The project is financially supported by "Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (UEFISCDI)".


About Project:

The goal of the PHOENIX project is to develop and test several demonstration models (laboratory measuring setups), and to prepare appropriate procedures in order to provide services for the evaluation of ionizing radiations effects on: (i) organic solar cells (organic photovoltaics - OPV) and (ii) silicon photomultipliers (SiPM), to assess their reliability for possible use in space missions. The developed setups will be used for OPVs and SiPMs off-line testing, these devices being exposed in different sessions to: (i) gamma-ray, (ii) electron beam, (iii) alpha particles, and (iv) protons. Optical, electrical and optoelectronic characteristics will be measured by pre and post irradiation tests, for various irradiation conditions. The project Coordinator will cooperate with partners from The Netherlands and Germany, who are manufactures of such components. In this way the project will contribute, through its results, to Romania’s participation to COST Actions: (i) MP1307, Stable Next-Generation Photovoltaics: Unraveling degradation mechanisms of Organic Solar Cells by complementary characterization techniques – StableNextSol and (ii) TD1401, Fast Advanced Scintillator Timing – FAST which gathers communities interested into the subject. Innovative optical and THz spectroscopy methods will be used for the evaluation of radiation induced changes in the investigated devices.


Partners

  • National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Center for Advanced Laser Technologies, Magurele, Romania
  • “Horia Hulubei” National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Magurele, Romania
  • Institute of Physics, ASCR, v.v.i., Prague. Czech Republic
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Oulu, Finland
  • KETEK GmbH, Munich, Germany
  • TNO, HOLST Center, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Instituto de Telecomunicacoes, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Results

    Laboratory setups were developed for the evaluation of components to be investigated.


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    b)
    Fig.1. Laboratory setup for the evaluation of SiPMs: a – components for the control of intensity and wavelength of the optical excitation signal; b – setup for dark current measurement.



    Fig. 2. Signal at the SiPM output for an illumination equivalent to 1 p.e.

    Fig.3. Optical attenuation of some materials used in organic solar cells.


    Fig.4. Characterization by THz imaging of optical materials used in organic solar cells.


    Fig.5. Results of organic solar cells by THz imaging.


    International Cooperations

    Dr. Andrei Stancalie was awarded by COST Action TD1401 a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) at KETEK GmbH where he performed tests on gamma-ray and electron irradiated SiPMs.
    Dr. Laura Mihai received financial support from COST Action MP1307 to present project results at “Industrial Day – Printed Electronics and Solar Cells”, Lisbon.


    Publication and conference presentations

    Publications

    Conference papers

  • D. Sporea, E. Engelmann, T. Ganka, F. Wiest, Testing facilities to support FAST COST Action, FAST meeting, Lisbon, January 23-24, 2017.
  • E. Engelmann, F. Wiest, P. Iskra, W. Hansch, D. Sporea, A. Stancalie, D. Negut, Tests of KETEK PM1150T SiPM under low-dose 60Co γ-irradiation, 4 th FAST management meeting, Larnaca, March 24, 2017
  • L. Mihai, D. Sporea, I. Vata, M. Straticiuc, I. Burducea, J. Čermák, B. Rezek, Y. Galagan, Proton and alpha particles effects on different glass and polymers substrates, Industrial Day – Printed Electronics and Solar Cells, Lisbon, April 7, 2017.
  • L. Mihai, D. Sporea, J. Farinhas, A. Charas, Study of organic cells layers based on cross-linked poly(fluorene-alt-bithiophene) using THz imaging, Industrial Day – Printed Electronics and Solar Cells, Lisbon, April 7, 2017.
  • A. Stancalie, D.Sporea, D.Ighigeanu, E. Engelmann, F.Wiest, P. Iskra, W.Hansh, Electron beam radiation defects induced in KETEK PM3350 silicon photomultipliers, paper accepted to “14th Int. Conference on Scintillating Materials and their Applications - SCINT 2017”, Chamonix, 18-22 September 2017.

  • Contact

    Project director: dr. Dan Sporea
    e-mail: dan.sporea@inflpr.ro


    Useful links

  • COST Action MP1307, Stable Next-Generation Photovoltaics: Unraveling degradation mechanisms of Organic Solar Cells by complementary characterization techniques (StableNextSol): www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/mpns/MP1307
  • COST Action TD1401Fast advanced Scintillator Timing (FAST): www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/tdp/TD1401
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