Costruzioni Apparecchiature Elettroniche Nucleari SpA (CAEN) is one of the most important spin-offs of the Italian Nuclear Physics Research Institute (INFN), founded in Viareggio (Lucca) in 1979. CAEN designs and manufactures sophisticated electronic equipment for nuclear physics research and is today among the world-leading companies in the field: there are several hundred thousand CAEN Low/High Voltage and data acquisition channels now working in the most important Nuclear Physics Laboratories across the world.
In recent years, CAEN diversified its offer, extending its market, taking part into national and international programs and becoming a real “Innovation Company”. In this way, CAEN added to its core business experience in new fields such as UHF radio frequency identification, microelectronics, aerospace applications, biomedicine, and homeland security. CAEN is known today as the only company in the world able to offer, a complete range of power supply and data acquisition systems, and a large choice of Front-End modules (NIM, CAMAC, VME, VME-64) implemented using ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) developed inside the company itself.
CAEN has been involved in the design of sophisticated electronic equipment for nuclear and particle physics experiments in the Large Hadrons Collider (LHC) project at CERN, taking part in the development of the main experiments: CMS, ATLAS, ALICE. Most of the electronic circuits used in these experiments work in a very high radiation environment (5 KGauss) with high magnetic fields and difficult accessibility.
CAEN’s portfolio includes more than 500 products, ranging from power supply systems to data acquisition boards and crates. Besides catalogue products, CAEN offers custom solutions dedicated to the different customers’ needs, which reach the 40% of the annual production. The quality of its products is monitored during the entire production cycle and guaranteed by the UNI EN ISO 9001:2000 certification obtained in 1997.
CAEN’s main areas of competence:
- design and manufacturing of sophisticated electronic equipment for nuclear physics research
Role in RADIATE:
- contributing to joint research activities by developing and customizing digital pulse processing technology for widespread application in ion beam analysis and accelerator mass spectrometry