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Preparation and exploitation of the first data taking at the Large Hadron Collider

English title Preparation and exploitation of the first data taking at the Large Hadron Collider
Applicant Dissertori Günther
Number 111135
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Institut für Teilchen- und Astrophysik ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Particle Physics
Start/End 01.11.2005 - 31.10.2008
Approved amount 63'000.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Particle Physics
Electrical Engineering

Keywords (5)

particle physics; detector controls; data analysis; LHC; CMS

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The Institute for Particle Physics (IPP) of ETH Zurich is one of the leading institutes participating in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which will provide proton-proton collisions at an unprecedented centre-of-mass energy of 14000 GeV. CMS is presently under construction and shall be ready for data taking in 2007. It has a unique prospective for important discoveries in Elementary Particle Physics for the next decade. One of the most important detector systems of the CMS is the high precision Electromagnetic Calorimeter (ECAL), consisting of about 76000 Lead-Tungstate crystals.This system is crucial for a large spectrum of measurements and its performance is essential for the success of the CMS experiment. Among other responsibilities within ECAL, the IPP carries the project leadership for the development and construction of the Detector Control System (DCS) of ECAL. This project is realized in collaboration with scientists from the VINCA Institute and the Faculty of Physics of the University of Belgrade (Serbia-Montenegro), as well as with scientists from IHEP Protvino and from CERN. Our Joint Research Project (JRP) is intended to strengthen the alrea-dy existing and very successful collaboration with our colleagues from Bel-grade. For small institutes such as those from Belgrade it is difficult to gain visibility in a very large collaboration like CMS (close to 2000 scientists from about 150 institutes). Therefore it is important for them to have a strong presence at CERN and a close collaboration with larger institutes such as the IPP of ETH Zurich. The research topics of this JRP concern on the one hand the construction of the CMS ECAL, with in particu-lar the ECAL Safety System, for which the Serbian groups carry full respon-sibility, and on the other hand the commissioning of this controls system as well as of the full detector and finally its exploitation in terms of first data analyses. These activities should result in a fully operational safety system for the CMS ECAL, an in-depth understanding of the first data from the calorimeter, as well as in first physics results from the initial LHC running. The improved international contacts will allow the Serbian groups to (a) strengthen their scientific capabilities, (b) improve the ef-ficiency of their work and participation within large international colla-borations, (c) enhance their national as well as international reputation and thus (d) to attract students, funding agencies and industries in their home countries, with evident long-term benefits.
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Number Title Start Funding scheme
128079 First years of data taking with the CMS experiment at the LHC 01.11.2009 SCOPES