Cobalt-60 Source

For irradiations with γ-rays, e.g. for material testing or applications in medicine or food industry, HZB operates a cobalt-60 source. Cobalt-60 (60Co) is a radioactive isotope which is generated by the irradiation of natural cobalt-59 with neutrons. The Cobalt-60 decays in nickel-60 by emitting β- and γ-rays. In our set-up the β-rays are absorbed by a steal shielding. The γ-rays are used for  irradiations and have an energy of 1.17 MeV and 1.33 MeV. These energies are too small for nuclear reactions.

Co-Source: Device under test (electronic component) and dosimetry are mounted in front of the Co-source.