A unique Kickstarter campaign has launched this week to provide a USB adapter for a DIY gamma ray spectroscopy. The Photomultiplier Tube USB adapter has been created by Italian developer Papadopol Lucian loan and is now available from €80 with worldwide shipping expected to take place during September 2019. For more information about the adapter watch the presentation video below which explains more about its features functionality and design.
“This project is focused on make avaiable for common people like you and me, for a cheap price, an USB powered photomultiplier tube adapter. This makes possible to students, hobbyists, geeks and common people, to build a powerfull tool to test radioactivity of the surrounding enviroment and in general of the items around us. It permits also not only to have a quantitative measure of radioactivity, like with a Geiger counter, but also a qualitative measure like the professional laboratories.”
“The process to made a gamma-ray spectrometer at home usally was difficult and complex. First you must search for a capable high voltage power supply to power a photomultiplier tube then, modify an USB audio card to aquire the pulses. In the end assemble the photomultiplier with it’s scintillation crystal to make a scintillation probe and install the proper multi channel analyzer software. My USB PMT adapter makes the building of a gamma-ray spectrometer easier and cheaper than ever: there are integrated into a convenient 5x10cm pcb all the building blocks needed except the scintillation probe. “