Cork, Ireland and Mountain View, CA - SensL, a provider of innovative, low-light solutions that use the company's proprietary silicon detectors, recently announced that it has signed a contract with the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) of Newport News, VA, for the optimization of low-light detectors and the supply of prototypes for possible use in the lab's GlueX experiment.
SensL’s Silicon Photomultiplier (SPM) technology offers significant benefits over other detector technologies, such as Photomultiplier Tubes (PMTs) typically used in particle physics experiments like GlueX. These benefits include high uniformity, low operating voltage, robustness, scalable form factor and immunity to high magnetic fields.
"We are extremely pleased and proud that Jefferson Lab has decided to evaluate our proprietary Silicon Photomultipliers for possible use in the calorimeter component of the GlueX detector," said Dr. Carl Jackson, CTO of SensL. "SensL has significantly improved the performance criteria of the SPM to the extent that SensL now hopes to be a main contender for the supply of these detectors when the GlueX detector is built in 2011.“
The total value of the contract for the prototype studies is $200,000.
GlueX is a nuclear physics experiment that aims to understand the nature of confinement in quantum chromodynamics by mapping the spectra of exotic mesons generated by the excitation of the gluonic field that binds quarks.
Submitted: Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:00am