Quarknet Summer Research
The calorimeters at The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) at the Large Hadron Calorimeter (LHC) at CERN have had a large exposure to radiation with considerable damage to them. They need to be replaced by more robust radiation hard materials that still maintain a high sensitivity to particle detection. We are testing materials that could replace the current materials that would be more robust to radiation damage while maintaining sensitivity to particle presence.
To this end, we are depositing organic scintillating materials on Quartz plates in an attempt to create detection materials that are radiation hard yet maintain sensitivity to the passage of particles.