New Silicon-based Photodetectors for HEP Detectors

"The voyage of true discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes,
but in seeing with new eyes."

Marcel Proust

The new young investigator group VH-NG-206 based on a Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft grant has successfully started
at DESY (Hamburg) on the 1 April 2006.
The group has as partners the universities of Hamburg, Heidelberg and Shinshu (Japan) and has as main objective
of investigation R&D studies for new silicon-based photo-detectors and their integration in HEP detectors.

A research project of a HGF young investogator group based at DESY (Hamburg)

Group leader:

              Dr. Erika Garutti - DESY

University partners:

         Prof. R.-D. Heuer - University of Hamburg
       Prof. H.-C. Schultz-Coulon - University of Heidelberg
       Prof. T. Takeshita - University of Shinshu

Project time scale:

         01/04/06 - 31/03/11

Project number:

The main objectives of the project are:

1) Commissioning and test of the hadronic calorimeter prototype
- provide data of hadronic showers with unprecedented granularity
- validate the reconstruction algorithm (measurements = simulation)

2) Optimization of the integration of photodetectors in calorimeter readout
- push the calorimeter technology at its limit by improving all system aspects

3) Research and study of new photodetectors
- drive the producers to deliver the best suited product for our needs

4) New fields of applications for the photodetectors
- medical application of SiPM for Positron Emission Tomography
  and combined with MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imager) .