Ruder Boskovic Institute
RBI is the largest public research centre for natural sciences in Croatia. It has 12 departments with 500 academics and postgraduate students working in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, marine and environment research. The department of experimental physics hosts the largest single Croatian experimental research facility with two electrostatic accelerators. Its laboratories for ion beam interactions and for nuclear reactions are the main users of the facility. Upgrades of the facility have been funded by two IAEA projects until 2006 and at present by an EU INCO FP6 project.
Role in SPIRIT and tasks
RBI will be involved in detector development. It will contribute to the improvement of resolution and detection efficiency (WP5). Further on RBI will adapt new types of radiation hard detectors to the use for energy spectroscopy and for position and depth sensitive detection (WP6). Being active in micro-PIXE, RBI will explore its ability of scanning the focused ion beam to find best measuring modes for 3D X-ray tomography (WP7). RBI will also act as partner in the development of a new mapping tool for the determination of chemical species in a given sample.
Since the installation of 6.0 MV tandem accelerator in 1987, the laboratory for ion beam interactions dedicated its activities to development and application of ion beam methods in research and applications. After installation of a new 1.0 MV accelerator in 2005 and several new end stations, national and international collaborations expanded significantly especially with materials scientists. Through the Agreement between RBI and IAEA, since 1996 one of the beam lines is equipped and regularly used by IAEA Laboratories Seibersdorf.