INTELUM project: Intelligentsia supporting world-famous research institute to develop next-generation particle detectors


Intelligentsia are very pleased to announce the INTELUM project proposal they prepared for CERN has been selected recently for funding by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie RISE programme.

Currently, scientists are investigating new fibre concepts for hadron and jet calorimeters for high energy physics experiments, in order to improve the energy resolution of the particle detectors by a factor of two or more. This is a prerequisite for future studies at the high luminosity, large hadron collider at CERN, as well as at other electron and proton colliders. Amongst the state-of-the-art materials being examined, scintillating and Čerenkov fibres are considered particularly promising candidates.

Tackling a key technology-transfer issue, the four year INTELUM project will help develop micro-pulling-down crystal growth production technology, which has the potential to enable fast and low-cost production of the new fibres.

In order to prove the new fibre production technology concept, two key technical issues will be addressed during INTELUM:

  • demonstrate feasibility of producing between 20-200km of fibres with consistent quality and well-understood production costs
  • demonstrate sufficient radiation hardness of the fibres that the degradation of their optical properties is below 10% at 1 MGy level

Starting in early 2015, INTELUM will be undertaken by a truly global consortium spanning sixteen elite institutes and companies from across Europe, former Soviet Countries, Japan and USA.

Besides writing the successful INTELUM proposal, Intelligentsia will help CERN to coordinate the project. Intelligentsia has a strong track-record in winning and managing European funded R&D projects.

“As a former physics undergraduate and IT postgraduate,” enthuses Giles Brandon, Intelligentsia’s Managing Director, “it is a bit of a dream to be working on this prestigious project with the organisation – CERN - that discovered the Higgs-Boson and was the birthplace of the World Wide Web.”

For more information, please visit the INTELUM project website.

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