Tag archive: AIDA-2020

Gearing up to final form

| 14 December 2017 Sometimes a neat line of dots on a computer screen can stand for that moment when it all comes together. A reward for years of hard work, many meetings, lots of travel and nights spent in test beam huts. At least that’s the case for a team of physicists and engineers who have spent the last years designing and testing detector components for a future linear-collider detector, the Silicon-Tungsten electromagnetic calorimeter or SiW-ECAL. During a recent test campaign at the German research lab DESY the developers came together to probe their latest detector design together with the latest sensors and all components that have been developed over the last years. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , ,

Working together on Linear Collider software tools

and | 14 December 2017 In order to understand particles you need the right software. Analysing the functionality of your detector, predicting how particles interact and how they move through the detector parts and reconstructing what happened during a collision all depend on the right software. This software isn’t available in app or play stores – if you want it, you have to write it yourself. The linear collider community has recently brought its software up to scratch. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Pandora: opening the box for neutrino experiments

| 16 February 2017 Pattern recognition rules in particle physics. When particles collide, many things happen at the same time and in a very fast sequence within fractions of a second. In order to tell everyday events from rare ones, particle physicists use pattern recognition software to quickly scan and classify pictures from the collisions. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Powering detector developments

| 22 September 2016 There’s a fitting phrase for the funding landscape of international high-energy physics projects: “It’s complicated.” Hitoshi Yamamoto, Director for Physics and Detectors in the Linear Collider Collaboration, describes the various sources of financial support, especially for developing future detectors, and where all of them stand. His advice: use all the opportunities there are. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , , ,

See you, summer students

| 8 September 2016 Summer is drawing to a close, and with it ends another season that often turns lab life on its head and has changed many people’s lives: summer student season. As the students from around the world finish off their projects, present their work to their fellow students and stock up on lab t-shirts, some leave with the certainty that they will return to do particle physics one day. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Gotta catch them all – and fast

| 22 July 2016 Silicon detectors play a crucial role in particle detectors, both present experiment at the LHC and future experiments like the ILC. More than 80 calorimeter and silicon tracking experts attended a dedicated workshop on high-granularity silicon devices, held last month in Hamburg. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , ,