Lumpsey, SAGe well detector. Photo credit: Dave Hughes
Boulby is proud to host one of the world's most sensitive germanium detector facilities - the 'BUGS' facility: Boulby UnderGround Screening. This suite is currently composed of seven germanium detectors which reside in a class 1,000 (ISO6) clean room environment, allowing for the provision of a wide range of detector facilities to meet the specific needs of users. The technique of gamma spectrometry using high sensitivity germanium detectors enables researchers to measure and identify trace levels of radioactivity in samples - an important and useful capability in a variety of studies from material selection in 'rare-event physics' to numerous studies of the environment.