February 13 - 24, 2012

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

EDIT 2012 Scientific Program

Description of Program

Students are encouraged to arrive on Sunday, February 12, 2012, registration will begin at 4pm.

Monday, February 13, will consist of an introduction and 2 plenary lectures in the morning, followed by necessary training in the afternoon, and then four walking tours to nearby locations. (see below).

Tuesday, February 14 through Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20 through Friday, February 24:
Students will start with a 1 hour plenary lecture at 8:30am, then be split into groups of 8, and taken to their respective area, depending on what track they are scheduled for on that day, as shown in the following table:

Group: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Feb 14 (Tue) FoRD Day 1 Silicon Day 1 Photo Day 1 Test Beam Day 1 Facility Tours
Feb 15 (Wed) FoRD Day 2 Silicon Day 2 Photo Day 2 Test Beam Day 2 FoRD Day 1 Silicon Day 1 Photo Day 1 Test Beam Day 1
Feb 16 (Thu) Silicon Day 1 Photo Day 1 Test Beam Day 1 FoRD Day 1 FoRD Day 2 Silicon Day 2 Photo Day 2 Test Beam Day 2
Feb 17 (Fri) Silicon Day 2 Photo Day 2 Test Beam Day 2 FoRD Day 2 Silicon Day 1 Photo Day 1 Test Beam Day 1 FoRD Day 1
Feb 18 (Sat) Free Day
Feb 19 (Sun) Free Day
Feb 20 (Mon) Photo Day 1 Test Beam Day 1 FoRD Day 1 Silicon Day 1 Silicon Day 2 Photo Day 2 Test Beam Day 2 FoRD Day 2
Feb 21 (Tue) Photo Day2 Test Beam Day 2 FoRD Day 2 Silicon Day 2 Photo Day 1 Test Beam Day 1 FoRD Day 1 Silicon Day 1
Feb 22 (Wed) Test Beam Day 1 FoRD Day 1 Silicon Day 1 Photo Day 1 Photo Day 2 Test Beam Day 2 FoRD Day 2 Silicon Day 2
Feb23 (Thu) Test Beam Day 2 FoRD Day 2 Silicon Day 2 Photo Day 2 Test Beam Day 1 FoRD Day 1 Silicon Day 1 Photo Day 1
Feb 24 (Fri) Facility Tours Test Beam Day 2 FoRD Day 2 Silicon Day 2 Photo Day 2

Because of the nature of the tracks the first or last day of these 9 will be a tour day, more details below. The tracks will begin with two and a half hours of hands-on lectures and/or equipment setup, followed after lunch by four and a half more hours of lab work after lunch.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb.18-19 are free days, and activities are up to the student' s discretion. For ideas about attractions in the near by area, see our Social Program.

A timetable can be viewed here.

Laboratory Tracks

Fundamentals of Radiation Detection (FoRD)

There will be simple lab exercises assigned for the following detectors; Gaseous scintillation with electric field, Liquid scintillator cell, Germanium detector, He-3 proportional counter, NaI or CsI scintillator, and Silicon alpha/beta spectrometer. The students will measure how different kinds of radiation (neutron, alpha, beta, gamma) appear in different types of detectors, emphasizing information in energy spectrum, Nuclear spectroscopy, Neutron scattering, elastic and inelastic, detection, and activation, and differences in response of a detector to neutrons and gamma rays. The students will also learn how to set up a simple spectroscopy system including HV supply, amplifier, cabling, oscilloscope, multi channel analyzer, the roles of noise and resolution in spectroscopy, and the problem of backgrounds in detection of “rare” events, such as weak spectral lines (neutron activation) and nuclear recoils. There should be approximately 1 detector per person and each person gets to try two or three of the detectors in the two day course.

Silicon Tracking

Students will learn the Principle of operation of Si sensors, including reversed biased junction, low resistivity MAPS, charge transport, charge collection, signal formation and processing, and noise sources. They will learn about interaction of particles with Silicon (dE/dx, multiple scattering, range, damage), Silicon detector design and manufacturing, and Silicon Detector technology and architecture device evolution from strips to pixel, from hybrid to monolithic, from simple source follower to complex signal processing, and how to achieve space and time resolution. They will also learn Tracking and Vertexing requirements (point resolution, thickness, S/N, radiation hardness, etc), and about detectors for imaging.

Photo Detection

Students will learn the basics of PMTs: gain vs HV, design of bases, magnetic shielding, quantum efficiency. They will also learn about scintillation counters based on PMTs: light yield, plateau using 3 counters; and Silicon PMTs: basics of operation and scintillation hodoscope based on WLS fiber readout, comparison of scintillation counters based on silicon PMTs and vacuum PMTs including time resolution. There will also be a demonstration on how light is detected with CCDs.

Slides for the 3rd floor setup

Test Beam

Students will receive an introduction to the standards of detectors and data acquisition in a test beam environment. Data acquisition available will include oscilloscopes, NIM, CAMAC, VME and NI electronics. Groups of 3-4 students will rotate between several setups. Examples are: forming a scintillator coincidence with cosmic rays; implementing a trigger system with a DAQ busy hold off; assembling a multi-wire proportional chamber and debugging it with sources and cosmic rays; and setting up a Time-of-Flight or calorimeter system. Students will then look at real-time beam profiles in Fermilab's Test Beam Facility and compare their characteristics to Monte Carlo simulations. Students will learn how to use a Čerenkov counter for particle identification. On the second day students will install equipment in the beamline and use high energy particles to time in signals, and use the trigger logic circuit developed in the first day. Data will be taken using the signals from the Čerenkov detector, calorimeter, and time-of-flight system to determine the particle species content of the beam.

Plenary Lectures

The first day of the program will include 2 plenary lectures. In addition, each day of the 9-day class schedule will begin with a plenary lecture, where all the students will gather. At the end of the lecture students will be split into groups and bussed to their appropriate location. There will be 11 plenary lectures in total.

For a complete schedule of the plenary Lectures and more information, see the Plenary Lectures webpage.


EDIT 2012 will feature an afternoon of walking tours and a full day of bustours. On Monday, February 13, four walking tours will be arranged for the students, from 4pm-6pm. Students will cycle through all four. In order to properly stager the groups for the tracks, one extra day is needed. Students will be bussed around site for 6 hours of in-depth tours of various facilities. See the Tours webpage for more details.


Students will require certification in a number of fields in order to participate in the laboratory tracks. For a complete list of training classes and more information, see the Safety Training webpage.

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Talks, Posters, and Instructions have been uploaded to the Slides Web page

  • Fermilab Today article Hands-on EDIT school a success
  • Fermilab Today article Class begins for EDIT 2012
  • APS Division of Particles and Fields Newsletter article announcing EDIT 2012
  • Fermilab Today article announcing EDIT 2012
  • Fermilab Today article on EDIT 2011

Important Dates:

  • Event dates: February 13 - 24, 2012
  • Application Deadline: November 6, 2011
  • Slide Submission Deadline: Jan 13, 2012

Excellence in Detectors and Instrumentation Technologies Larger Picture
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EDIT 2012 The 2012 EDIT symposium will be hosted by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL, USA. EDIT 2012 is the second in a new series of international symposiums, devoted to exposing young researchers to hands-on experience with detector and instrumentation technologies.
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