IFAE counts with a strong technical division with about 30 persons including engineers and technicians serving the different projects.
Technical Division Departments & Services:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electronics & Microelectronics
- Data Acquisition and Control Software
- IT Services
- Mechanical Workshop
Technical Division Areas:
- Integration & Tests
- System Engineering & Quality Control
IFAE has two workshops in which the labs and technical facilities are hosted. The overall surface area is about 1000 m2 and is equipped with heavy-duty cranes (8 and 15 ton), and have access to 200 kW of wall power.
About 25% of the overall area is devoted to heavy machinery. The rest of the space is taken by two clean rooms (devoted to chip packaging and detector assembly), two electronics labs, a gray room, a separate lab to test newly built instruments, and a large buffer area used to assemble and test large setups before sending them to the experimental sites (CERN, ORM, JPARC, CTIO, EGO, etc.). IFAE also has a 30 m2 shielded room to test large instruments in a low electronic noise environment and an optical laboratory equipped with an optical table and all equipment needed to test optical and infrared detectors, including a cryostat designed and built at IFAE. In addition, IFAE counts with a new area where two dilution refrigerators for the Quantum Computing Technology group are installed.
See the IFAE technical facilities here