Particle detectors have a number of components arranged around the beam pipe that must follow particle tracks coming from the interaction region, often bent by a magnetic field, and provide information for particle identification. The development of new detector components for upcoming experiments focusses on materials that give a fast response with good resolution and survive in a environment in which there is a lot of radiation. The fabrication and characterisation of these detector components is very important. Semiconductor detector development for LHC experiments has produced spin-offs in medical imaging.
A new radiation-hard fast particle detector
The ATLAS detector for LHC