Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School 2019 from TRIUMF and McDonald Institute

Dear Colleagues,

The Graduate Instrumentation and Detector School (GRIDS2019) sponsored by TRIUMF and the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute (McDonald Institute, or MI) will take place at TRIUMF in Vancouver, Canada from June 10-21, 2019.

Please pass this information (and the attached poster) on to graduate students who might be interested.

About the School:
GRIDS2019 (http://grids.triumf.ca) is aimed at graduate students for whom particle and radiation detection plays an important role in their work, and who would like to gain hands-on experience with detectors and associated instrumentation technology. The goal of the school is to provide an introduction to practical aspects of detection principles and operations in nuclear, particle, and astroparticle physics as well as in nuclear medicine, such that participants achieve a working knowledge of the origin of data produced by commonly employed detector systems.

Objectives:
GRIDS will offer a diversified program from leading experts, combining plenary lectures with hands-on laboratory experience with typical detector and instrumentation technologies.

Participants will develop a basic understanding of the interactions of particles with matter that are relevant to radiation detection, and of the physical mechanisms for collecting energy deposited by radiation. Operational principles will be covered for commonly employed detectors suitable for measurements of energy, momentum, timing, and particle identification. Low background environments and radio-frequency and electronic techniques will be discussed. Participants will explore design and decision-making in the field of radiation detection with focus on the rationale, limitations, and breadth of detector applications and development.

Participants will also develop laboratory skills to operate commonly used equipment for radiation detection in a safe and effective manner, identify common problems associated with operating particle physics detectors, and work as a team to experiment using a detector assembly.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
Pierre-Andre Amaudruz (TRIUMF)
Aksel Hallin (UofA)
Nigel Hessey (TRIUMF)
Rafeal Lang (Purdue)
Alison Lister (UBC)
Kate Pachal (SFU)
Daniel Santos (Grenoble)
Silvia Scorza (SNOLAB)
Craig Woody (BNL)
Viktor Zacek (UofM)

Laboratory experiments will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Application and Registration Procedure:
The school will be accepting a limited number of participants. Applications along with letters of reference will be accepted via the GRIDS website.

Partial support will be available from MI and other agencies.

The application process is now open through the website http://grids.triumf.ca. Applications, including letters of reference, must be received by Friday, March 29th. Successful applicants will be notified the last week of April, and all applicants will be notified of their status by mid-May.

For further information:
Visit the school website at http://grids.triumf.ca for more information, including travel and accommodations.

Additional questions can be forwarded to grids@triumf.ca.

Organizing Committee:
• Doug Bryman, UBC
• Ken Clark, MI/Queen’s/TRIUMF
• Philippe Di Stefano, Queen’s
• Pietro Giampa, TRIUMF (co-chair)
• Dana Giasson, TRIUMF
• Tony Noble, McDonald Institute (MI)/Queen’s (co-chair)
• Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF (co-chair)
• Marie-Cécile Piro, University of Alberta
• Wolfgang Rau, TRIUMF
• Fabrice Retiere, TRIUMF
• Mark Richardson, MI (co-chair)
• Alan Robinson, University of Montreal
• Aleksey Sher, TRIUMF
• Isabel Trigger, TRIUMF

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