Tektronix Oscilloscopes Power Particle Accelerator Tests in Sweden

8/12/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced that the Department of Ion Physics at Uppsala University in Sweden has selected Tektronix' oscilloscopes for use in tests on particle accelerators. The facility is one of the world's leading centres for research into the use of mass spectrometry for radionuclide dating and ion-beam based material analysis.

The instruments, which include TDS2002 digital storage and TDS3032B digital phosphor oscilloscopes, are used to monitor and verify the operation of the department's 5 MV tandem van de Graaff accelerator and 350 kV/1 mA ion implanter and their associated detectors. The work of the Uppsala University team is currently focused on ion-beam based material analysis and modification.

"The oscilloscopes play a crucial part in evaluating the accelerators and understanding how they are operating", explains Professor Göran Possnert, head of the research team. "Essentially, everything is monitored via the oscilloscope - the pulsing system, the amplifiers, the control electronics and the crystal detectors. The measurements are particularly challenging since the signals involved are very fast, and pulses down to nanosconds in length have to be examined."

Parameters such as pulse width have to be measured with great accuracy, and the wave shape of the pulse has to be examined to ensure there are no spurious effects, such as ringing. The color displays on the Tektronix oscilloscopes make it easy to differentiate signals, while speed and analytical functions make signal analysis straightforward.

In addition to monitoring the performance of the particle accelerators, the oscilloscopes are used in the characterization of the various crystal detectors used for charge collection and identification of particles, gamma rays and X-rays.

"We are pleased that our focus on test and measurement for research establishments has been so well received" commented Neil Huddlestone, vice president, EMEA Sales at Tektronix. "As the world's leading supplier of oscilloscopes, we are very happy to be able to support important education establishments, such as Uppsala University."

About Uppsala University
Uppsala University, founded in 1477, was the first university in Scandinavia. The university is a research university of great diversity in education and research across nine Faculties in three Disciplinary domains - Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy, and Science and Technology. Research at Uppsala is of high international class. One sign of this is the fact that eight Nobel laureates have been connected with the University. Most of these prizes have gone to scientists in the fields of physics and chemistry. New cross-disciplinary educational programs, modernized campus settings, and the pursuit of cutting-edge research - these are some of the key tools in the ongoing endeavor to be in the forefront, both nationally and internationally. Uppsala University's Web address is www.uu.se

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.

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