Organisers: Dr. Fabrice Retiere, TRIUMF, Canada - Lorenzo Fabris, Oak Ridge National Lab, USA - Prof. Karl Ziemons, Aachen University, Germany - Dr. Etiennette Auffray, CERN, Switzerland - Dr. Jean-Marie Le Goff, CERN, Switzerland
Scintillator based detectors have been very successful in high energy physics (HEP) calorimetry, nuclear physics, medical imaging, and many other applications. Technologies for single photon detection are rapidly evolving, with silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) replacing vacuum photomultiplier tubes in many applications. Yet, PMTs remain highly competitive for large area (>1cm2) applications, such as water Cerenkov detectors for neutrino physics, or noble gas liquid detectors for dark matter searches. Indeed, for large areas, SiPMs suffer from high capacitance per unit area that can pose challenges to the electronic design, and high dark noise rates, which can be alleviated by cooling, or ignored if the noise does not dominate the measurement (e.g. in air shower telescopes).The potential of such detectors to achieve precise timing is of increasing importance for many applications, and the implications of such a radical improvement may bring huge benefits in many areas.
HEP and nuclear physics will profit from a significant increase in detection efficiency and sensitivity, and the health sector from an unprecedented improvement in imaging quality and image reconstruction time. Such a ‘paradigm’ change, however, must go hand-in-hand with a similar breakthrough in the interdisciplinary domain of photon detection. Therefore, new expertise must be gained in the fields of scintillators and photodetectors, as well as electronic read out systems to develop single photon sensitivities over large areas and for ultrafast timing scintillator based detectors.
This workshop combines the activities of the FAST (Fast Advanced Scintillator Timing) workshop at the European Trans Domain COST Action TD1401 and the NSS Workshop on Large Area Photodetection, previously held in 2014 in Seattle. The overall focus of the workshop is on cutting edge technologies addressing the issues that currently limit the use of single photon detectors, including in particular large area readout issues, ultra fast timing better than 100 ps, radiation hardness, and Ultra-Violet and Vacuum Ultra-Violet sensitivity. The technologies that are of particular interest include analog SiPMs, SiPMs with embedded digital electronics (monolithic digital SiPMs, 3D-integration, etc.), as well as non-solid state based solutions such as Micro-Channel plates, hybrid photodetectors or gas-based solutions. Scintillation materials and readout electronics solutions will also be included as a part of the workshop scope.
This workshop aims at bringing together scholars, industry leaders and visionaries from across the world to discuss how academia and industry can partner to address these challenges. It represents a technical revolution with profound impact on feasible applications in particle physics, accelerator and nuclear physics, medical and biological imaging, non-destructive industrial processing and electronic design topics. An important objective of this workshop is also to provide training to young researchers in an open and innovative context. We need involvement from every facet of industry, government, academia and healthcare to harness the full potential of what is available and to define what is possible. Responsible and effective transformation will be ushered in through an alliance of industry and academia.
The workshop will be held on Friday, 4 November and will be preceded by another workshop on Sunday 30 October on detectors for ultra-rare event processes. The workshop on Sunday will serve as an introduction to non-experts in the field detectors for Dark Matter, neutrinos (including neutrino-less double beta decay) and other rare decays that utilize noble liquid scintillators and their associated photodetectors. It will focus more on detector techniques for these types of experiments, while the Friday workshop will focus more on technology developments and new applications. Participants are encouraged to participate in both workshops to discuss new ideas and insights and to interact with experts from areas outside their current fields of interest.
For more information on this workshop this workshop, please contact the organisers.