CERN Accelerating science

ESE

64 channel picosecond time resolution instrumentation in 25 milligrams of silicon

The EP-ESE group has finalized the development of a 64 channel picosecond TDC (Time to Digital Converter) ASIC and 20 thousand pieces have been produced. One of the key challenges for future HEP experiments is the development of very high time…

Read more


HEP responds to the global chips crisis

Over the past year, semiconductor prices have been surging in Europe as demand increases globally. While this is happening with most products, it's been a larger problem given the role of semiconductors in most electronics, such as consumer…

Read more


Medipix3 reaches the clinic

In early October, the CERN Medipix Team (EP-ESE-ME) visited the newly installed Medipix3-based spectroscopic CT scanner at the Lausanne University Hospital CHUV, Lausanne. The 3D colour X-ray scanner has been developed in New Zealand by MARS…

Read more


System-on-Chip in Particle Physics Experiments

Many experiments in particle physics use custom-built electronics boards in order to perform event triggering and data readout. For many years now, those electronics boards have been using Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for processing data.…

Read more


A safety and reliability perspective of the CERN RadiatiOn Monitoring Electronics (CROME).

CERN has the legal obligation to protect the public and the people working on its premises from any unjustified exposure to ionising radiation. In this context, radiation monitoring is one of the main tasks of the Radiation Protection Group.…

Read more


FastIC and FastICpix developments

Precise time tagging is a hot topic in High Energy Physics and in other fields. A number of detector technologies are available but there are few multi-channel front-end ASICs capable of providing time tagging in the region of 10ps. This article…

Read more


CHIPS: A new EP-ESE service for the HEP community

ASIC technology and designs are becoming increasingly complex but bring potentially huge benefits to HEP experiments (see also previous EP article "A bright future for microelectronics"). Figure 1 summarises the evolution of CMOS technologies in the…

Read more


Silicon photonics for high-energy physics experiments

Optical links have become ubiquitous in High Energy Physics (HEP) experiments to transport data generated from the particle detectors and other control points along the accelerator to the processing electronics. So far, links based on both single-…

Read more


Colour X-rays for Medicine: The 2019 specXray workshop

  The fifth workshop on Medical Applications of Spectroscopic X-ray Detectors (specXray) took place at CERN from 13 to 17th of May. Since its establishment in 2011, the workshop has brought together specialists from different but related fields…

Read more


Electronics experts come together at Antwerp

The “Topical Workshop on Electronics for Particle Physics” is the successor of the LEB and LECC Workshop series, which were initiated in 1994 by the LHC Electronics Board (LEB), an advisory board to the CERN LHC Experiments Committee.  Since 2007,…

Read more