Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.


This Major Qualifying Project (MQP) involved the design, assembly, and test of a system for carrying out alpha spectroscopy experiments at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The system consists of a pre-amplifier, a Multi-Channel Analyzer, a laptop computer, a vacuum chamber, and assorted power supplies. The purpose of this system is to be able to perform preliminary testing on microelectronic devices without the expense of a time at a particle accelerator facility. In addition to building the system, data obtained using the system and other data from related accelerator experiments was analyzed.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999


Electrical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering