MiniPIX EDU: Portable USB Camera for Education


Miniaturised USB camera for educational use

MiniPIX EDU is designed and priced for educational use. It brings the latest technology of radiation imaging to classrooms and lets students discover the invisible world of ionizing radiation surrounding us. The same technology is used by NASA in space to monitor the radiation received by the astronauts. Students can explore the origin of different types of radiation particles and see how radioactive isotopes migrate in the nature and in the artificial environment of human houses, cities, industries.
MiniPIX EDU can record very small levels of radioactivity that are present everywhere around us. Students can

  • see radioactivity of common materials and objects such as piece of granite, ash, paper bag from vacuum cleaner or a face mask
  • explore variation of the air radioactivity during the day, hunt for cosmic muons and check their directions, see how altitude affects presence of radiation types
  • try to prepare their own (safe) radioactive source and try to construct the shielding against radiation it emits
  • check the laws of radioactive decay
  • directly observe how different radiation types interact with matter and what


MiniPIX EDU device could be plugged into the USB port of your PC and start the software. Using the proprietary RadView radiation visualisation software fascinating images of ionizing particles will start to appear in front of you. The students can understand how people benefit of ionizing radiation and radioactivity. See further information and education examples in the other applications page.
ADVACAM offers cameras and solutions for multiple other application such as electron microscopy, crystallography, neutron imaging, localization of sources of ionizing radiation, charged particle tracking and dosimetry for cancer therapy. In addition, number of cameras are being used in the basic research, such as at CERN’s LHC accelerator, and for education of radiation and its properties in schools and universities.


Sensor Material: Si
Sensor Thickness: 300 μm and 500 μm
Sensitive Area: 14 mm x 14 mm
Number of Pixels: 256 x 256
Pixel Pitch: 55 μm
Resolution: 9 lp/mm
Readout Speed: 55 frames/s
Threshold Step Resolution: 0.1 keV
Energy Resolution: 0.8 keV (THL) and 2 keV (ToT)
Min Detectable Energy: 5 keV for X-rays
Photon Counting Speed: up to 3 x 106 photons/s/pixel
Readout Chip: Timepix
Pixel Mode of Operation: Counting, Time-over-Threshold, Time-of-Arrival
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Dimensions: 89 mm x 21 mm x 10 mm (L x W x H)
Software: Pixet PRO or ask for RadView radiation visualization software


Charge Particle Tracking and Space Dosimetry

Spatial-correlated radiation dose on flight path of ISS mapped on Earth at 400 km altitude. Courtesy of NASA.

NASA together with IEAP CTU and University of Houston has used MiniPIX type of cameras in the International Space Station (ISS) to track charged particles and measure their energy deposited to study and surveil the radiation exposure that astronauts face in space. It is possible to measure accurately the dose in the complex environment of space where the radiation environment is completely different than on surface of the Earth.
NASA is flying the ADVACAM’s ModuPIX Tracker in the International Space Station since March 2017. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the capability to determine the directional characteristics of charged particle energy spectra in space.


Reconstructed image of human hemoglobin (HBA1) protein.

X-ray crystallography is used to study detailed atomic or molecular structure of the sample at synchrotrons. High frame rate AdvaPIX QUAD is specially designed for combined Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS). The open space in the center of the camera allows the X-ray beam pass through the camera eliminating complete the need to use a beam stop in front of the camera.

High resolution neutron imaging

Siemens start imaged with cold neutrons in high resolution of 2.5 um and image size of 2560×2560 pixels. Courtesy if IEAP CTU.

AdvaPIX camera with detector coated by thin film of LiF is able to achieve ultra-high spatial resolution for thermal neutron imaging. The camera offers sigma of Point-Spread-Function spatial resolution of up to 2.5 µm. The camera’s field of view is 14×14 mm that gives at the maximum resolution 6.5 MPix.
The camera is equipped with a Silicon sensor with neutron conversion layer of 6LiF. Thermal neutrons are captured by 6Li that produces Alpha particles and tritons. These heavy charged particles are then detected in the Silicon sensor. The ultra-high spatial resolution is achieved by processing of individual neutron hits while taking into account also charge collection in the sensor. All this advanced processing is implemented in the camera software, which is simple to use.


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