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Progress in detectors - HCM networks cluster

The European Commission, DG XII, has published the third in a series of reports on the work of thematic clusters of Human Capital and Mobility (HCM) research networks. The report looks at the contribution of HCM networks and large-scale facilities to progress on detectors.

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The European Commission, DG XII, has published the third in a series of reports on the work of thematic clusters of Human Capital and Mobility (HCM) research networks. The report looks at the contribution of HCM networks and large-scale facilities to progress on detectors.

Detectors are specific devices devoted to the measurement of radiation caused by massive particles or electromagnetic waves. They work by counting photons or particles and measuring their energy and their direction of propagation. Electromagnetic radiation covers a very broad energy or spectral range, extending from radio and infra-red wavelengths, through the visible colours, up to high energy X-rays and gamma rays.

This area of physics touches many other disciplines such as chemistry, biology, geology, engineering and even industrial technologies. It also has important repercussions on medicine, especially on medical imagery such as tomography (NMR) and a new technology called PET, which allows the observation of a living human brain whilst it is thinking without physically touching it.

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