New concepts have been considered for hadron and jet calorimetry in high energy physics experiments, in order to improve the energy resolution of these detectors by a factor of at least two. This was a prerequisite for future studies at the high luminosity, large hadron collider as well as at future electron and proton colliders. Amongst the few concepts that were proposed, scintillating and Čerenkov fibres were considered very promising candidates. The INTELUM project was a four-year project funding international, industry-academia exchanges to develop micro-pulling-down crystal growth and other new types of fibre technology. This new fibre production technology has the potential to enable fast, low-cost, manufacture of heavy crystal scintillating fibres. In order to prove the new fibre technology concept, two key technical issues were addressed during the project:
- demonstrate feasibility of producing between 20-200km of fibres with consistent quality and well defined production costs;
- demonstrate sufficient radiation hardness of the fibres that the degradation of their optical properties is below 10% at 1 MGy level.
This ambitious project was undertaken by a truly international consortium of fourteen institutes and companies, many closely linked to the Crystal Clear Collaboration. The project will lead to important downstream impacts in other domains such as functional medical imaging and homeland security.
The core activities of the INTELUM project consisted in research and innovation staff exchanges. Over the course of the project, scientists implemented nearly 200 person-months of visits to partner organisations with the purpose of knowledge exchange. The secondments provided the participants of the project with opportunities to work in different environments, gain experience, establish new contacts abroad, and advance their scientific careers.
Start: March 2015
End: February 2019