Radon Free Cleanroom and Laboratory

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Area(s) of Expertise

The radon “free” laboratory consists of a sealed clean room with HEPA-filtered air to maintain low dust rates. The lab is supplied with a flow of air that cold-activated carbon columns have stripped of radon. Inside the room we have a CNC lathe and mill and various tools for fabricating equipment that is used for ultra-low-background experiments.  There is also space for electronics testing and bench fabrication.

We have developed expertise in radon stripping, radon measurement and monitoring, and the measurement of radon emanation from materials.

The lab was built to aid our experiments in astroparticle physics experiments, including rare-event measurements of neutrinos and dark matter detectors.  To that end, we have expertise in developing and constructing  ultra-low-radioactivity apparatus, as well as conventional particle detectors.

What the facility does

Maintains a clean environment with radon levels about 1percent  of normal air (or less), in which to fabricate and test low-background apparatus. 

Research Services

Radon emanation analysis, access to the laboratory on a case-by-case basis.

Sectors of Application
  • Clean technology
  • Environmental technologies and related services

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Radon Reduced Laboratory

Radon stripping system

Provides radon-free air to clean room

 

Radon emanation chamber

Measures radon emanation from samples

  • University of Alberta
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Montreal
  • Laurentian University
  • SNOLAB
  • TRIUMF