University of Santiago de compostela
The University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) is one of the university institutions with a great tradition in Europe.
Research and Technology Development is one of the most important activities in the USC having the infrastructure facilities and human resources needed for the training of young researchers. More than 250 research teams, belonging to the different Departments and Research Institutes from the University, offer a high quality scientific production in different areas of a main socioeconomic interest which has allowed a narrow technological cooperation with regional, national and international institutions, companies and SMEs.
The members of the USC Radiation Physics Research Group (Grupo de Investigación en Radiofísica, GIR) team are recognized at national and European level by its scientific levels in the radiation detection field. After participating in several large international projects at CERN (experiments LHCb, DIRAC and CMS) over more than ten years, the group main activities have gradually moved into Health Physics and NDT instrumentation and component qualification.
Our team has developed nuclear instrumentation in these application areas, with extensive experience in the design, construction, operation and exploitation of different systems, and MC simulation of photon beam and neutron production in medical linacs.
Efforts have been done in generating a collaborative net with an increasing number of institutions and companies related to ionizing radiation applications: CIEMAT, Siemens Medical Solutions USA Ltd, Technological Centre AIMEN (Member of The Welding Institute, TWI), Surface Analysis Service of University of Vigo, Fundation Center of Supercomputing of Galicia (CESGA), Alter Tecnlology Group, etc. The Radiation Physics Research Group has developed the construction of the irradiation facility at University of Santiago and is currently running this technological infraestructure.
Several staff members of the Particle Physics Department integrating the Radiation Physics Research Group (Grupo de Investigación en Radiofísica, GIR) will be participating in the SkyFlash proposal: Faustino Gomez, Alfredo Iglesias, Diego González and Antonio Pazos.
Prof. F. Gomez (group leader), provides physics insight of different type of ionisation detector systems, having extensive experience with relevant instrument design, construction, operation and exploitation.He has worked in collaboration with GDD and for Dirac experiment at CERN from 1993 until 2001 developing micro-pattern gas detectors. He has managed several medium and large size projects, is the director of the Cobalt Irradiation Facility at USC, and acts as referee of several international journals (Phys Med Biol, and Nuc Inst. and Meth. A) and conferences (IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium).
A. Iglesias is a PhD physicist, who has relevant experience in gaseous detectors, silicon detectors, and scintillation light detection devices. He has current responsibility for project and financial management mainly in the area of molecular imaging devices.
Diego González is a Physics Graduate in his last year of PhD and also is managing the irradiation facility dosimetry. He has work at different foreign centers like DKFZ (Heidelberg) and for IAEA new dosimetry code of practice for therapy beams.
A. Pazos is a senior electronic technician, who has developed extensive experience and skills in the construction of new radiation detectors and their ancillary infrastructure.