A new paper co-written by Dr I. Dawson and P. S. Miyagawa has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Instrumentation (JINST). The pixel detector system is closest to the interaction point where the radiation backgrounds are most intense. For further details see Modelling radiation damage to pixel sensors in the ATLAS detector.
The University of Sheffield is helping to organise the IEEE NSS-MIC conference, a leading annual international meeting for all scientists, engineers, researchers, medical physicists and students with an interest in radiation detectors, related technologies and their applications. This year it will be held for the first time the UK, in Manchester! Dr Dawson will coordinate and convene the session on Radiation Hardness of Detectors and Systems
A third in a series of workshops at CERN will take place 11-12 February, looking at the impact of radiation on sensor and electronic systems at the Large Hadron Collider. Dr Dawson is leading the organisation of the workshop – unique in bringing together the experiences from across the experiments (ATLAS, CMS, LHCb and ALICE). All these experiments are now observing significant radiation damage in their detector systems, so it is timely to compare the original performance predictions with today’s measurements. The high levels of radiation are caused by the intense rates of proton-proton collision (billions every second). Four sessions at the workshop will look into 1) silicon sensor measurements, 2) sensor simulation, 3) radiation environment simulation and monitoring, 4) impact of radiation on electronic and optoelectronics. As a result of the workshops Dr Dawson will lead on producing a so called “CERN Yellow Report”, which will become the go to reference for designing and operating state-of-the-art detector systems in future projects.