ASI Supported Irradiation Facilities: ASI, ENEA, INFN agreement

In space radiation environment (similarly to other radiation environments), electronic devices undergo radiation damage induced by both cumulative and single event effects, i.e., single event (SEE), total ionizing dose (TID) and displacement damage (TNID) effects.

At national level the industrial and institutional/research assets and centers in the field of EEE need to be coordinated, supported and represented at international level. Italy has a long experience in the field of electronics devices design, manufacturing and utilization for various market sectors and in particular for space.

In the above context, the core elements of the supply chain are the availability of dedicated infrastructures like foundries, design centers, testing facilities and research centers  and, finally, irradiation facilities. ASIF (ASI Supported Irradiation Facilities) was established as a cooperation agreement among the Italian institution involved in space and technological research, and in accellerator facilities: ASI, ENEA and INFN.

Since the three years plan of activities 2013-2015, ASI has consolidated the concept that the development of future generation of EEE components is a key strategic area of interest for future investments.

ASI's ASIF program aims to establish an interactive coordinated set of the Irradiation Facilities, throughout the national territory, serving the national and international space communities. In addition, the project will allow programmes dedicated to extend the knowledge of the space radiation environment in view of orbital and deep space missions.

The ASIF project derives from the synergy between several institutional bodies, engaged with technologies and research related to the effect of radioactive environments on the survival in the space and space hardware/assets, which are of great interest for the scientific and industrial space community. The Italian irradiation infrastructures are a primary asset in the European panorama, in many ways unique, and a structured exploitation in space research could encourage:

• the increasing knowledge about human and hardware behavior in hostile environments,
• the transfer of knowledge from the world of research on elementary particles and particle detectors to the industry and the scientific space community, with undeniable competitive returns in both industry and space research.

The full program will be composed of three main program lines:

• renew of testing facilities and adaptation to space standards;
• realization of the coordinated set of facilities: front end, database, standard procedures for access to use, reporting, monitoring of beam and fluence intensity, dose determinations (for ionization and non-ionization); qualification process of facilities based on ESA guidelines and certification procedures, where applicable;
• operations and dedicated research projects with active participation of institutions, industry and users.

Additional pieces of information on ASIF activities are available at