2012 Consolidated Grant Supplement

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Physics

Abstract

Support for consumables and travel on 2012 CG

Planned Impact

Our innovations are finding applications of benefit to UK plc and the public. Highlights include:
1. Our joint projects with e2v on the production of sensor technologies has brought this UK company to the point it can bid for contracts against Hamamatsu Photonics
2. Our relationship with Micron Semiconductor Ltd has enabled the UK to retain its leadership in the production of detectors for a wide variety of applications for aerospace and reactor monitoring.
3. Working with electronics companies we have enabled them to bid for major EU contracts.
a. Stevenage Circuits, with whom we developed the LHCb VELO readout hybrids, have extended these ultra reliable processes for the ATLAS tracker upgrade.
b. Hawk Electronics who worked with us on the VELO, won an industry award, and is now bidding for large EU contracts (see http://www.hawkelectronics.co.uk/)
4. We are adapting T2K technology towards a robust, cost effective antineutrino detector for passive reactor monitoring. This IAEA promoted activity addresses non-proliferation security in an environment of Global Uncertainty.
5. Our LHCb VELO detectors have been qualified and are being installed as a permanent beam monitor at Clatterbridge Oncology Unit.
6. Collaborating in an EU programme we are developing a modular, mobile neutron detection system for locating fissile materials e.g. at ports of entry, an important contribution to Homeland Security.
7. Our new foray into ground based detection of dark energy using atom interferometers has attracted AWE interest and support towards further applications.
8. In 2003 we founded the AiMes Institute for exploitation of Grid technologies which had a £20M footprint and seed-corn funding from NWDA and the EU. As well as seeding e-business related companies and winning entrepreneur awards, the Institute itself eventually became a commercial, award winning company http://www.aimesgridservices.com/.
We are extremely fortunate to have as a member of staff Dr. Tara Shears wo isone of the most popular communicators of particle physics in the country. She is regularly interviewed in the national press and appears frequently on local and national radio and television. Tara is part of the public face of CERN and appears in short popular science films, one of which was shortlisted in the best popular science section of the national network NHK (Japan, 2011). She is highly in demand as an expert commentator on physics with a notable presence and following on YouTube and Twitter. Other members of our staff have appeared in ad-hoc interviews round the world including Greek and Russian Television and national press.
We work closely with the University's Corporate Communications Department to ensure that the particle physics message is communicated round the world. For example at the most recent Higgs announcement Liverpool staff members had substantial coverage in the press, including on the front page of Financial Times, attracting congratulatory comments from Hong Kong financiers, and on Radio 4 and Television.
The group organized a short workshop with our Corporate Communications and the Interactions Collaboration at Liverpool . We have a policy of ensuring that opinion makers, industrialists and MPs are invited to CERN and are able to discuss with students, technical staff and researchers. We have participated in the House of Commons exchange scheme where one of our staff members spends a week at Westminster and, in return, an MP spends time in our Laboratory.
We have an active programme with Schools, from Masterclass events and talks, inviting local schools to CERN and in the last 4 years creating a CERN based Summer School for the brightest pre-university students. We also run a 4 week Nuffield course at Liverpool for school children considering a career in Science. Phil Allport has played a major role in IoP activities and is well known on Merseyside acting as an official Ambassador for the region.

Publications

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Description See 2012-2016 Consolidated Grant
ST/K001418/1
Exploitation Route Joint funding of PhD Students
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Security and Diplomacy

 
Description See ST/K-1418/1 Cultural outputs include the Museum exhibits and the London Science Museum ("Collider"and the "World a Particle" at the Victoria Gallery and Museum Liverpool
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description Collaboration with Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) 
Organisation Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Country Italy 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Creation of the partnership
Collaborator Contribution We have started a partnership in 2 main areas. First with the MicroSystems Division (CMM). Previous staff member Prof. G. Casse became director in 2016. We have expanded this to deep learning with their IT departmetmn
Impact Award of STFC CDT, collabrateion with Microsoft. This multi-disiplinary and impacts health.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Pixel Tiles 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Department Physics and Astronomy Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Liverpool helped model, design, and test pixel sensors from a number of manufactureres including Micron Semiconductors. Our focus was on producting radiation hard sensors. The collaboration produced the first prototypes for two of the major CERN detectorss (LHCb and ATLAS).
Collaborator Contribution Both Manchester and Glagow contributed variants of the designs and different technologies. These were use by Glasgow with application to the ATLAS detectors at CERN and with Manchester to the LHCb detector at CERN.
Impact The UK was able to capture the design and fabrication of sensors and modules for the LHCb detectors uipgrade at CERN and be the major lead int he design and construction of the pixel endcap for ATLAS
Start Year 2010
 
Description Pixel Tiles 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department School of Physics and Astronomy Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Liverpool helped model, design, and test pixel sensors from a number of manufactureres including Micron Semiconductors. Our focus was on producting radiation hard sensors. The collaboration produced the first prototypes for two of the major CERN detectorss (LHCb and ATLAS).
Collaborator Contribution Both Manchester and Glagow contributed variants of the designs and different technologies. These were use by Glasgow with application to the ATLAS detectors at CERN and with Manchester to the LHCb detector at CERN.
Impact The UK was able to capture the design and fabrication of sensors and modules for the LHCb detectors uipgrade at CERN and be the major lead int he design and construction of the pixel endcap for ATLAS
Start Year 2010