- DesignationDirector (RPTSD)
- Director NamePrasad Mahakumara
- Fax Number011-253-3448
Since human sensory organs are not sensitive to radiation, special instruments and methods have to be used to detect the presence of radiation and quantify radioactivity. A piece of equipment used to serve either or both of these purposes is generally called a nuclear instrument. Radiation survey meters, dosimeters, counters, area monitors, contamination monitors, other related scientific devices, detection methods, and techniques are the foci of the nuclear instrument section.
The Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory of the RPTSD is facilitated to carry out its operations, which are mentioned below. It is the only technical entity of the country that offer these services
Repairing and Maintenance of Nuclear Instruments
Maintenance and perform necessary repairing/faulty analysis of the nuclear instruments in the country are performed by the laboratory. Such as Nuclear Disaster Early Warning System, XRF (X-ray Fluoroscopes), TXRF (Total Reflection X-ray Fluoroscopes), LSC (Liquid Scintillation Counters), Gamma Counting Systems (Sodium Iodide and HpGe; High-purity Germanium), Radiation Survey Meters, Counters, Gauges, and Contamination Monitors, etc.
Design and Development of Instruments and Techniques
The NIL is also engaged in designing and development of novel nuclear instruments and related technologies. The RADI-Count GM counter kit, Electric cloud chamber, and Portable Gamma Survey Meters are the latest products of the NIL. These were designed for educational demonstrations in nuclear physics. The Nuclear Instrumentation section also work for designing and fabricating exhibition tools, kits, and demonstrational material that are widely used for public awareness programs.
The NIL is planning to extend its design scope towards commercial-grade radiation detectors such as area monitors, portable detection equipment, and tracer devices. In 2019, the NIL supplied its first commercial batch of educational nuclear equipment kits to the Northern Provincial Education Ministry.
Provision of Technological Assistance to External Institutes
Many institutes use nuclear-related technologies. Assisting in instrumentation and operation methods are also being done by the NIL. The section offers consultation services and assistance regarding instrument selection, procurement, use, maintenance, and quality assurance
Development and Implementation of Physical Protection Systems
The NIL offers designing and implementation/installation of the regulatory compatible physical protection systems for radiation facilities, operator training, and preventive/corrective maintenance as a consultation service.