The AIDA project addresses infrastructures required for detector development for future particle physics experiments.
Group photo taken at the 2nd Annual Meeting in Frascati, Italy
The 2nd Annual Meeting was held between 10-12 April 2013 in Frascati, Italy. 97 participants attended the fruitful discussions of the parallel sessions, where each Work Package presented their latest results.
The event was combined with the Academia meets Industry event on 3D interconnections, which attracted 91 participants from all over the world, including many company representatives from the field. The event was an opportunity also for companies to present their work with a booth and poster. The outcome of the meeting was the remarkable progress towards meeting academic needs.
A special tutorial session was also organized to encourage students working within AIDA to present their research results to other students in the field. This year's student tutorial topic was Gaseous Detectors in HEP. It attracted more than 29 students. More on Education >>
Work package highlights
LHCb VELO foil
WP2 main developments include the USolid library of geometrical shapes and DD4Hep geometry toolkit. This new library shows sizeable CPU time and memory reduction which could benefit a lot the LHC experiments, as already applied to the complex shape of the LHCb VELO foil. The new Particle Flow Algorithms developed within the WP has shown promising application in the case of the future neutrino experiments.
WP3 networking activities were focused on the investigation of several 3D technologies and the creation of a common microelectronics library. Good progress is already achieved for many of these sub-projects. The Academia meets Industry event on 3D Interconnections was co-organized with WP4. Regarding the shareable IP blocks, the submission of IP blocks in 65nm CMOS technology by CERN is soon to come.
Group photo taken at the Academia meets Industry event in Frascati, Italy
WP4 organized 2 topical academia-industry matching events; on Solid-state position sensitive detectors and Advanced interconnections for chip packaging (co-organized with WP3). WP4 is closely collaborating with the HEPTech Technology Transfer Network. WP activities include the development of a new service, Collaboration Spotting to provide the HEP community with information on Academia and Industry key players in the relevant fields. The tool also enables the community to spot academic-industry collaborations active in technology themes of importance for public procurement.
Photosensor and plastic scintillator test stand
WP8 highlights include the excellent progress that was achieved in the construction of the irradiation facilities at CERN; the Proton & Mixed field irradiation facility in the East Area and the GIF++ facility in the North Area. The installation of the GEM tracker system has been finished at Frascati. A first design of a low energy beam at CERN for Neutrinos detectors has been presented. Detailed studies of the photosensor connector design - used for neutrinos prototypes - are underway to determine the requirements for further machining of the scintillator bars to create the grooves that will accommodate the wavelength shifting fibers and the photosensor connectors
WP9 organized a tutorial in conjunction with the Annual Meeting on Gaseous detectors. Nine machines for the production of large Micro Pattern Gas Detectors are now in use. The upgraded superconducting magnet PCMag was successfully commissioned by June 2012 and intensively used since then. Good progress has been made on the telescope development also, all the mechanical elements of the Precision Pixel telescope are available. Progress in silicon tracking was mainly focussed on the construction of the detector modules. The silicon sensors, recuperated from previous detector assemblies, have been cleaned and electrically tested. The calorimeter test beam campaign using the Tungsten structure was completed with 3 different sensors; the collect data is being analysed. The HARDROC3 chip, including improved data transmission for large detector surfaces, was also submitted.
|View of the microMegas chambers|
In WP5 AIDA supported 15 projects in the test beam facility at DESY, providing financial support for 51 users.
In WP6 the project supported a total number of 50 user projects in the test beam and irradiation facilities at CERN. Through AIDA 211 users' access was supported to these facilities.
European funding to access test facilities
European researchers from outside the AIDA project
can benefit from dedicated Transnational Access
funding to access AIDA test beams and irradiation