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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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