Special Focus workshop:
Synchrotron Radiation Detectors
Photograph of the Sincrotrone
During the past 20 years synchrotron light sources and the associated optical
components developed at a fast pace providing a remarkable increase of
intensity and brightness. Ever since then research with synchrotron radiation
has emerged to be one of the most powerful tools in almost every field of
science and technology. However, these sources can maintain their high level
of competitiveness only if a new generation of x-ray and electron detectors is
developed as well. Right now we are facing a situation in which it is mostly
the detection device that limits the final data quality. Arise from these
circumstances it is necessary to increase the research effort in this field.
In contrast to HEP where the detectors are tailored for one specific purpose
/ experiment only, in synchrotron radiation experiments one has to deal with
a wide range of experiments. Therefore it is difficult to specify detectors
which can be utilized in recent and future synchrotron radiation experiments.
For the general classes of experiments such as diffraction / scattering,
spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging one needs devices with high-count
capability as well as excellent time resolution. In general these devices are
not commercial available and have to be developed in close cooperation with
beam line scientists and synchrotron light users.
A closer analyzes of detectors used in other fields such as astrophysics,
high-energy physics or medical imaging shows that state of the art detectors
and electronics concepts already exist which could be - with some
modifications- well suited for synchrotron radiation applications. Utilizing
this knowledge pool could ensure further exploitation of modern sources.
Therefore I hope that this workshop will be a vivid playground to establish
an interdisciplinary communication channel between the synchrotron radiation
users and detector developers of NSS and MIC. It might be the basis for
collaborations that are able to joint forces and to develop the next
generation of detectors of synchrotron radiation. I look forward to meeting
you in the splendid city of Rome
and wish you a pleasant and fruitful stay.
Phone: +39-040-375 8201
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