Quarknet Summer Research
The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) calorimeters at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN have been exposed to excessive radiation, causing them to quickly suffer enough damage to negatively affect their function. The components need to maintain a high sensitivity for particle detection when they are replaced by materials that can withstand the large amounts of radiation exposure. Materials have been tested to replace the current materials in the detector; however, none have been truly successful, and the search continues. In an attempt to achieve a radiation hard component that is able to sense particles as they pass, organic materials were deposited, and often annealed on Quartz plates.