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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Electronics, Sensors, Photonics to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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SemiConductor Tracker: a powerful and versatile detector from CERN




The SemiConductor Tracker (SCT) technology was developed for applications in particle physics, particularly, the ATLAS experiment.

ATLAS is one of the two general-purpose detector experiments situated at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, which is searching for new discoveries in proton-proton collisions with extraordinarily high energy. The ATLAS experiment provides the opportunity to unravel the physics that that have shaped our Universe since the beginning of time and that will probably determine its fate.

The ATLAS detector is approximately 45 meters long, more than 25 meters high, and weighs in the region of 7,000 tons. The SCT detector is at the core of the ATLAS experiment and consists of thousands of stand-alone detector modules. Each module is a silicon microstrip sensor with integrated readout electronics, designed to detect the passage of high-energy charged particles emerging from the proton-proton collisions with high spatial resolution. It is designed to operate in very strong magnetic fields and withstand the intense radiation present at the innermost parts of the detector.

Although LHC provides particles at formidable rate and energy, it is confined to its current location at the European Laboratory of Particle Physics. For industrial applications, an alternative source of high-energy particles is cosmic rays. When a cosmic-ray proton strikes an air molecule the result is a shower of energetic particles and radiation, including muons; particles with the same charge as an electron but with a significantly larger mass. The lifetime of cosmic ray muons is sufficient for them to reach the Earth’s surface and penetrate it to a significant depth. The SCT detector module is also capable of working with photons and neutrons (if equipped with a neutron converter layer such as Boron-10 or Lithium-6). There are a large number of industrial applications using photons and neutrons and muons represent an emerging but exciting area for industry.

The Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge is organising a knowledge exchange workshop at the Downing College on the 25th of February 2015 to discuss existing and prospective applications for detectors from CERN.  This event offers an exciting networking opportunity for companies interested in SCT and other technologies from CERN and for researchers who would like to explore pathways to impact.

For your free registration please click here


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