Buenos Aires Offices

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Buenos Aires Central Offices

Located in Centro Atómico Constituyentes, Av. Gral. Paz 1499, San Martín Prov. De Buenos Aires (1650), it has  an area of approximately 380 m2 (including laboratories facilities, offices, and rooms for PhD students)

The main facilities located here are described below.

Electronics Workshop

The electronics workshop has storage space for our stock of electronic components, wires, electronic tools and miscellaneous supplies needed for electronic development of each project within ITeDA. The workshop has machinery needed for the assembly and mechanization of  PCBs (printed circuit boards), and to perform quality assurance tests. It has an area of 25 m2

Electronics Design Room

The electronics design room provides a workplace to design analog and digital circuits used by any of the projects in which ITeDA is involved. The institute strives to provide a friendly work ambient and team development, with the necessary tools (both software and hardware) to design circuits and PCB layouts. The laboratory has the latest technologies in equipment such as oscilloscopes, a programmable waveform generator (capable of generating arbitrary waveforms at very high frequencies), a logic analyser and miscellaneus equipment (power supplies, multimeters, capacitance meters, etc.). It has a total area of approximately 37,5 m2.

Data Center

ITeDA's data center is used mainly for data analysis and simulations. For data analysis, it counts with a mirror of the data generated by the Pierre Auger Observatory composed by a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) with a usable space of 18TB, and a server for data processing. Simulations take place in another dedicated server that hosts all the software needed, and has another RAID to store the data generated in these simulations. The studies of simulations realized in ITeDA are divided basically in two categories:

1) Simulation of particles rain to study the parameters that are sensible to chemical composition of the primary particle in the cosmic ray.

2) Simulation of events with surface detectors, atmospheric fluorescence and muon counters, in different configurations to evaluate the data that comes from the detectors and to study possible optimizations in the algorithms used in the reconstruction and data analysis of the Pierre Auger Observatory.

This data center also has servers to administer of the intranet of ITeDA, and servers used by the staff of the institute such as SVN (version control), databases and an internal wiki (for internal documentation).

Photomultiplier Laboratory

The PMT laboratory  (Photomultipliers Tubes) is tasked with the development, construction and operation of a test system of multi-pixel PMTs, to obtain a full characterization of each pixel of the approximately 400 PMTs that will be used in the muon detectors of AMIGA, the development, construction and operation of a test system for testing a small amount of PMTs of any type for specific studies, and the study and utilization of fiber optic scintillators that will be used in muons counters and in the test system. It has an area of approximately 12.5 m2

The results of these tests are stored and analyzed to obtain parameters which are used for quality control, as data for the software that simulates detector arrays, experimental data analysis, etc.

Mechanic Workshop

The mechanic workshop has many tasks such as, the mechanization of PVC pieces that form the base of AMIGA modules, alignment of the “cookie” that function as coupler between the optical fibers and the PMT of the modules, and polishing the cookie using a fly-cutter designed and manufactured by ITeDA. Also here are located the design office of all mechanic parts that the institute needs. It has an area of approximately 37,5 m2.

Module Construction and measurement

The module construction and measurement workshop is used to assemble the detectors of the AMIGA project. This room also has an automatized testing system to ensure the correct operation of scintillators bars and optical fibers. This system consists of a radioactive source (Cs 137), that can be moved in a plane (in parallel to the detector) in a predefined pattern or using a computer through the Ethernet intranet of the workshop. This system measures the electrical current emmited in each pixel of the PMT of the detector by the fluorescence light generated om each of the 64 scintillator rods of the module when the radioactive source is positioned above the scintillator. It has a surface of approximately of 75 m2.

PCB Laboratory

The PCB laboratory is used to build printed circuit boards in low amounts for testing and depuration durning the design of the electronics needed by the institute. In this laboratory the institute does following processes: board cutting, perforation (using a CNC machine), cleaning, metalizing, photo-sensibilization, exposition, developing, and application of the anti-solder mask and silkscreen.


Is the space where the raw materials that are used to build AMIGA modules are stored. It's located in the basement and has an area of approximately 40 m2.