Examples of Detector Systems

Detector Systems in Action

CMS silicon tracking detector

Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Tracker Electronics:

Led by Prof Hall (Imperial College, London) the UK played a leading role in design, manufacture and installation of the world's largest Silicon particle Detector - the CMS (link opens in a new window) at CERN, Geneva.

working in collaboration with University Colleagues in the UK and in CERN together we delivered the largest volume ASIC system at CERN's LHC. We also built a significant fraction of the data acquisition electronics and contributed to many other sub detectors.

Large Area Sensor

The Mi3 basic technology Grant:

Led by Prof Allinson (Sheffield University), a range of sensors have been developed for a broad set of applications. CMOS imaging technology was first developed at RAL for Space Science cameras.

The Mi3 example was developed with a modern CMOS foundry where ‘stitched’ sensors can be created in sensors of any size. This project has now been awarded a ‘Translation Grant’ to further develop the sensors and applications. This is interesting because whilst this technology started small with STFC alone for its programmes, the increased breadth of this and other commercial projects in this area has led to an internationally leading Group that is now feeding back new ideas into our science programmes (e.g. the OPIC technology developed in Mi3 is a candidate for LHC upgrades of calorimetry).


Cryogenic Instrumentation for Quantum Electronics (CIQE):

Led by Prof Briggs (Oxford University Materials) STFC collaborated with Hitachi, Oxford Instruments, Oxford and Cambridge University to develop a quantum information processing system. Working with UK industry (Oxford Instruments) and the international microelectronics industry (Hitachi) STFC developed CMOS instrumentation to instrument SOI nanostructures that are promising candidates for Quantum Information Processing (QIP). STFCs test and measurement expertise were applied to this challenging application where the structures are held at <100mK and electron spin resonance and coulomb blockade effects are measured. The Microelectronics Research Centre in Cambridge are active in scaling this technology and constructing larger scale Q-bit test devices.

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