From Fermilab Today: “Fermilab’s SiDet Facility aides PHENIX detector upgrade”

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Ashley WennersHerron
Friday, July 29, 2011

“PHENIX, one of two major experiments located at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) based at Brookhaven National Laboratory, is upgrading again with help from Fermilab’s Slicon Detector Facility (SiDet). Fermilab technicians finished assembling hundreds of forward silicon vertex tracker (FVTX) detector components in early July.

The wedge-shaped components will be installed in PHENIX to help scientists study the properties of quark gluon plasma (QGP), which theorists believe made up the universe moments after the Big Bang.

Eric Mannel, a physicist from Columbia University and one of about 450 PHENIX contributors, worked as an electronics project engineer overseeing the final stages of assembly at Fermilab.

‘ We want to understand how the universe evolved the way it did from the very beginning,” Mannel said. “The FVTX detector will provide a higher resolution for tracking of particles which will allow us to study the properties of QGP.’ ”

One of the hundreds of forward silicon vertex tracker (FVTX) components assembled at Fermilab’s Silicon Detector Facility. Photo: Vassili Papavassiliou, New Mexico State University

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