Liverpool-designed and built particle detectors
Physicists based in Liverpool designed and built world-class particle detector systems incorporated in the heart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.
These detectors were used in the ATLAS experiment that discovered the Higgs boson. They were also used in LHCb experiments that aimed to understand matter/anti-matter asymmetry in the universe, and in the ALPHA experiment which is studying anti-hydrogen for the first time.
Each project has pushed technological boundaries in radiation and particles detectors, with spin-off benefits now appearing in other applications. These include:
- Healthcare: more sensitive, higher spatial resolution detectors are bringing direct advantages to clinicians and patients
- Security: using novel scanning techniques and portable radiation imaging systems
- Energy: for operations and decontamination processes on civil nuclear sites, and increasingly of interest in oil and gas exploration.