XI ICFA School on Instrumentation
in Elementary Particle Physics

San Carlos de Bariloche
11-22 January 2010

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The lectures, reviews, together with documents from the various labs, are available in the wiki.
School contents:
The school program covers topics on physics of gaseous detectors, particle identification, calorimetry, silicon detectors, signal processing and data acquisition. In addition to the well established methods, several review talks will be dedicated to new technologies and to applications in medical physics, astrophysics and data acquisition.
In the afternoon laboratory courses, students will work in small groups to exercise selected experimental techniques: tomography, image acquisition, analog and digital signal processing, cosmic rays observation, accelerators simulation etc.
Poster sessions will give the participants an opportunity to show their own research work and will stimulate discussion and information interchange.
International Advisors
  A. Cattai (chair) - CERN
  M. Sheaff (secr) - Wisconsin Un.
  M. Atac - FNAL
  A. Barbosa - CBPF, Brazil
  P. Giubellino - INFN Torino
  G. Herrera - CINVESTAV, Mexico
  P. Krizan - JSI Ljubljana Un.
  A. Para - FNAL
  A. Savoy-Navarro - LPNHE Paris
  J. Va'vra - SLAC
  R. Wigmans - Texas Tech. Un.
  A. H. Walenta - Siegen Un.
Local Organizing Committee
  Ingomar Allekotte
  Hernan Asorey
  Xavier Bertou (director)
  Jerónimo Blostein
  Javier Dawidowski
  Maria Teresa Dova
  Alberto Etchegoyen
  Mariano Gomez Berisso
  Ricardo Piegaia
  Javier Santisteban
  Enzo Sauro
  Sergio Suárez
  Lectures and Review Talks
  • Challenges beyond the standard model - M. Carena, FNAL
  • Particle Interactions with matter and Detector Design Principles - C. Joram, CERN
  • Silicon Detectors - M. Krammer, HEPHY, Vienna
  • Particle Identification - R. Forty, CERN
  • Electromagnetic and Hadronic Calorimetry - M. Nessi, CERN
  • Organic and inorganic scintillators - P. Lecoq, CERN
  • Strategies for Tracking and alignment - T. Rodrigo, Un. Cantabria Santander
  • Electronics & Signal Processing - H. Spieler, LBNL
  • DAQ & trigger - O. Villalobos Baillie, Birmingham Un.
  • From raw data to Physics results - F. Canelli, FNAL
  • Challenges and Techniques for Future Accelerators - J. Mnich, DESY
  • Astroparticle Physics - E. Roulet, CAB-CNEA Bariloche
  • Application of Physics to Medicine - R. Cirio, INFN and Un. Torino
  • Hadron Therapy - G. Cuttone, INFN and LNS Catania
  • The B physic world - Y. Ushiroda, KEK
  • The Pierre Auger Observatory - M. Mostafa, Colorado State Un.
  • LHC: the challenges and the experiments - A. Clark, Geneva Un.

  • Silicon detectors - R. Bates, L. Eklund Glasgow Un. and J. Garcia Geneva Un.
  • RICHs Detectors - S. Korpar, P. Krizan and R. Pestotnik, JSI Ljubljana
  • Gaseous detectors - G. Mikenberg, Weizmann Inst.
  • CCD characterization and readout - G. Cancelo and J. Estrada, FNAL
  • Basic Electronics - M. Sheaff Wisconsin Un., C. Maidana INL and E. Sauro CAB
  • Processors in extreme experiments - V. Lindenstruth, J. de Cuveland, S. Kirsch, Heidelberg
  • Telescope for cosmic rays measurements - L. Barbosa, CBPF Brazil
  • Measurement of the m life-time - H. Asorey, X. Bertou, M. Gómez Berisso, CA Bariloche
  • Detectors for medical applications - R. Cirio and A. Solano, INFN and Torino Un.
  • GEANT4 code in Medical Physics - P. Cirrone, E. Mazzaglia, INFN and LNS Catania
  • DCS using Distributed SCADA Software - M. Martinez, Puebla Un. Mexico
  • On-line programming with Labview - A. Bassoli, National Instruments
  • On-line experience with digital oscilloscopes - A. Vijande, AGILENT


The school is devoted to the physics and technologies of instrumentation in elementary particle physics. Spin-offs as the nuclear medicine and more recently the WWW, the Monte Carlo Method or the supraconducting technology are well known examples of the impact of this basic research field. The devices used in this field are based on the generation and processing of images obtained by radiation detectors. Applications of such techniques to medicine, microbiology and nuclear sciences as well as to the research and development for non-destructive testing in industry are continuously growing fields. The synchrotron radiation research is probably the most fruitful spin-off from particle physics, along with the imaging methods using quantum detectors. It is important to note that scientific instrumentation is usually developed in university laboratories with relatively low investment costs. The cooperative character with other institutes, in particular with the large international research centers or industries allows, however, the interchange of the latest technological developments.

Previous ICFA schools were held in Trieste (Italy, 1987, 1989 and 1991), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil,1990), Bombay (India,1993), Ljubljana (Slovenia, 1995), Léon (Mexico, 1997), Istanbul (Turkey, 1999 and 2005), Cape Town (South Africa, 2001), and Itacuruça (Brazil, 2003)

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