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SCINTILLA Final Public Event - Save the Date!

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SCINTILLA will hold its final public event on 11&12 December 2014 in Ispra (Italy) at the Joint Research Centre.


Member of the SPN? Interested in the enhanced detection of radioactive sources and nuclear material ? Expert in nuclear detection ?


Come along to discuss SCINTILLA final results, technology developments, testing and benchmarking outcomes as well as future perspectives in terms of R&D in the nuclear security !

Register online now by clicking here. Deadline to submit an abstract: 7 November 2014.


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August 2018


The Detection and Identification of Radioactive Sources and Nuclear Material (DIRaSoNuMa) has become of increasing importance concerning security of citizens world-wide and in particular in Europe.
Effective DIRaSoNuMa capabilities, as employed today, shows several insufficiencies and SCINTILLA will explore major promising technological options based on fluorescent materials for neutron detection system. The project includes different forms of scintillation and semiconductor detectors such as improved NaI(Tl) technology, PS improved scintillator and CZT. Most of the SCINTILLA research will focus on signal processing as materials are considered to be mature as of today. Methodologies will be also added for neutron and other gamma detection technologies, which are not part of the project scope. The proposed detection technologies offer in particular big potential in the current Helium-3-less context, for both gamma and neutrons in view of:

  • Improved detection & identification of radioactive sources and nuclear material and especially of masked and shielded material
  • Enhanced portability & mobility (certain of these technologies offer the potential for developing very small and affordable devices when mass produced)
  • Reliable and correct assessment of threats
  • Cost reductions

SCINTILLA will not try to push a unique technology, but build a toolbox of different technologies. Through this approach SCINTILLA aims at overcoming the limitations of each individual technology and combining intelligently their complementary capabilities.

The mission of the SCINTILLA project is to provide a usage driven, effective and practical toolbox of detection solutions for the detection of difficult to detect (and in particular shielded and masked) radioactive sources and nuclear materials, developing, improving and benchmarking best of breed technologies based on scintillation, spectrometry and CZT, which will be developed in SCINTILLA and / or sourced through a future SCINTILLA network of partnerships with third parties worldwide.