A technology capable of detecting radiation that was developed by researchers at the Tyndall National Institute, has been exclusively licensed to a Cork based company.

The radiation detector, already in use by astronauts on the International Space Station, will be developed for commercial use by Varadis.

The Radiation Sensing Field Effect Transistors (RADFETs) are also being used by large private and public sector organisations around the world.

The technology, developed by Tyndall researchers including Nikola Vasovic, Aleksandar Jaksic and Russell Duane, accurately measures the absorbed doses of ionizing radiation such as gamma rays, protons and xrays. 

Beyond use in space, it could also be used in medical applications such as radiotherapy and oncology.

"Ground-breaking innovations at Tyndall continue to deliver enormous impact with global application. The RADFETs technology is built on 30 years of research in Tyndall; it is already very successful in the marketplace with a number of clients adopting this innovative radiation detection technology," said Tyndall CEO, William Scanlon

"Through this exclusive licensing to Varadis, we are confident that Varadis and the RADFETs technology will have global impact and applicability."