Special Focus Workshops

Special focus workshops will address topics of current instrumentation research appropriate to interests of both NSS and MIC attendees. Among the subjects being considered are Molecular Radiology of Breast Cancer, Innovative Techniques for Hadron Therapy, Nuclear Forensics, as well as other topics relevant to radiation detection and medical imaging.

As workshop subjects, coordinators, and times are confirmed, they will be posted here.

Note that some workshops may be before or after the main days of the conference, so return here for details before making travel arrangements.

Workshop on Material Development for the Homogeneous Hadronic Calorimeter Detector Concept

Sunday October 31, 2010, from 10 am to 6 pm

This 3rd workshop dedicated to the Material development for the Homogeneous Hadronic Calorimeter (HHCAL) detector concept follows a first workshop held in Shanghai, on February 19, 2008 and a second one held in Beijing on May 9, 2010.

Homogeneous electromagnetic calorimetry has made important contributions to physics discoveries and precision measurements in high energy physics. Materials used for homogeneous electromagnetic calorimetry have ranged from crystals, noble liquids to various glasses. The new energy range explored first by the Tevatron and more and more by the LHC is expected to have a high discovery potential for new particles and physics channels, which will have to be studied in detail at a new generation of linear colliders, CLIC/ILC. High precision jet calorimetry will be a key of this physics. The HHCAL detector concept was proposed to improve the hadronic energy resolution by using homogeneous medium with total absorption nature for hadrons, and by using the dual readout approach measuring both Cherenkov and scintillation light to correct on an event to event basis the invisible energy lost in hadronic cascades.

The 3rd HHCAL workshop will have a one-day program covering both detector performance and material development. Scientists from the HEP community as well as material developers are encouraged to participate in this workshop and to submit abstracts on original works on the following topics:

  • Dual readout principle and performance expectations
  • Sampling versus homogeneous dual readout calorimeter
  • Importance of neutron detection in an homogeneous hadron calorimeter
  • Studies on known scintillating crystals (LSO, BGO, PWO ...)
  • New crystal candidates
  • Heavy scintillating glasses
  • Crystal and glass mass production technologies
  • Photodetection and methods to quantify the scintillation and Cherenkov signals

International organization committee:

Marcel Demarteau, Steve Derenzo, Etiennette Auffray, Jun Fang, Alexander Gektin, Paul Lecoq, Michele Livan, William Moses, Adam Para, Yifang Wang, Marvin Weber, Tianchi Zhao and Ren-yuan Zhu

Conveners of the 3rd HHCAL workshop:

Paul Lecoq (CERN), paul.lecoq@cern.ch Stephen E. Derenzo (LBL), sederenzo@lbl.gov
Marvin J. Weber (LBL), mjweber@bellsouth.net

Workshop on 3He Alternatives for Neutron Detection

Friday November 5, 2010

This Workshop will focus on neutron detection methods and technologies for science and applications in the age of a diminishing supply of 3He. One of the main uses for 3He is in gas proportional counters for neutron detection, which is applied to homeland security, non-proliferation, neutron scattering science, commercial instruments, and well-logging detectors. It is also used in dilution refrigerators, targets or target cooling in research, and for basic research in condensed matter physics. Due to the large increase in the applications named above, the 3etieHe supply is dwindling and the supply can no longer meet the demand. The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for discussion of the state of the art of neutron detection and the issues surrounding the current shortage of 3He. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on original works in the following areas:

  • The 3He supply limitations and possibilities
  • Alternative neutron detector technology
  • Neutron detection for homeland security
  • Neutron detection for neutron scattering science
  • Neutron detection for medicine
  • Neutron detection for petroleum and gas exploration
Ralf Engels
Workshop Co-Chair

Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
Phone:+49 2461 61 2878
Richard Kouzes
Workshop Co-Chair

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Phone:+1 509 372-4858
Bruno Guerard
Workshop Co-Chair

Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)
Phone:+33 476 20 72 77

Workshop on the Management and Dissemination of Intellectual Property in Fundamental Research

Thursday November 4, 2010

Intellectual Property (IP) in public research is not limited to patents and to the dissemination of technologies through licenses. It has an important role in particular in collaborative research projects involving multiple parties where proper IP management is crucial for successful dissemination and exploitation of results and is thus considered by funding agencies as a pre-requisite for financing. IP generated in public research is considered as an important asset of public research organizations. However, IP today is often being generated within large collaborative efforts among many different institutions. The value of IP as an asset and its dissemination potential thus strongly depends on a common understanding of its usage, on the way it is managed among the involved public research organizations and how it is best packaged to common technology offers and promoted to third parties for further exploitation. Open to scientists and researchers involved in scientific programs aiming at developing new technologies, the objective of this workshop is:

  • to raise awareness on the importance of proper IP management in cross-institutional R&D projects and collaborations,
  • to review best practices of IP management in particular in collaborative R&D between public research organizations with or without industry involvement
  • to present cross organizational approaches in the management, the dissemination and the promotion of jointly generated IP.

The workshop will comprise a series of presentations from experts and will be followed by discussions with the speakers. Authors having relevant experience in that field are invited to submit an abstract.

Bernard Denis
Workshop Co-Chair

CERN Knowledge & Technology Transfer
Hartmut Hillemanns
Workshop Co-Chair

CERN Knowledge & Technology Transfer

Workshop on PET-MR

Monday November 1, 2010, 2 PM - 9 PM

The aim of this workshop meeting is to present and discuss the latest developments in hardware and data processing for combined PET-MR systems. The emphasis will be on scientific/technical developments in the following PET-MR areas:

  • Image reconstruction and data processing techniques
  • Attenuation correction
  • Motiion correction
  • New detectors
  • Novel system configurations
  • Electronics
  • MR design
  • Compatibility challenges and solutions.

Further information can be found on the workshop website sthpetcentre.org.uk/PETMRworkshop

Scientists working in these areas are encouraged to participate in this workshop and to submit their abstracts (~400 words) to Emma Sperring by August 31, 2010.

There is no formal registration procedure. If you wish to attend please send an email to Emma Sperring referring to "PET-MR Workshop" and specifying your email address. This will allow us to plan appropriately and keep you updated.

Paul Marsden
Workshop Co-Chair

King's College London
Stefaan Vandenberghe
Workshop Co-Chair

University of Ghent (IBBT)

Scientific Committee:
Simon Cherry, UC Davis
Georges El Fakhri, Harvard Medical School
Hans Herzog, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Martin Judenhofer, Tübingen University
Volkmar Schulz, Philips Research Aachen
Paul Vaska, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Charles Watson, Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
Sibylle Ziegler, Technische Universität München