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SENSE Report Summary

Project ID: 713171
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.2.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SENSE (SENSE - a roadmap for the ideal low light level sensor development)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2017-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

SENSE is a Horizon 2020 Coordination and Support Action aiming to coordinate research and development efforts in academia and industry in low light-level sensoring.

A coordination of European research groups concerned with low light-level sensors is currently missing. By formulating a roadmap incorporating all R&D activities necessary for the development of the ultimate low light-level sensors, the R&D efforts of European research groups, industry, and strategic partners worldwide will be efficiently aligned. This coordination shall reduce the redundancy of the efforts. The competition between groups shall be stimulated in those cases where developments can be made faster.
The project aims at joining forces of European experts in developing the ultimate low light-level sensors and taking the leadership in these R&D activities. Following new and emerging technologies in detecting minimal quantities of light (single photons) is a challenge. However, the close cooperation between industry and academia in several research disciplines is defining an ideal partnership for developing substantially improved low light-level sensors that find immediate application in research projects and in commercial products.
Given that many applications are in medical diagnostic instrumentation, the substantial improvement in low light-level sensor technology will have a clear positive societal impact when radiation doses for patients can be significantly reduced. The innovation potential is enormous when it comes to a replacement of PMTs by the new SiPM technology. PET scanners could then be integrated in MRIs and allow studying structure and functional activity in vivo, which is important for cancer research, Alzheimer studies as well as drug tests. With current state-of-the-art technology such a combined diagnostic cannot be realized. Miniaturization and cheaper mass production of low light-level sensors will definitely lead to a wealth of innovative products on the long-term.
SENSE aims at attracting and supporting young researchers to get involved in forefront technology developments. This shall be realized by well-defined technology sessions at diverse summer schools. Videos, podcasts, tutorials, FAQs and other training material shall be disseminated via the internet exchange platform developed during the project.

Altogether, SENSE is well embedded and linked to all other relevant initiatives and the affiliation to APPEC shall ensure that all stakeholders from academia and industry participate in the project.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The first year of SENSE was focused on establishing structures for the work of SENSE.

As first action, a Kick-off event in Munich took place on the 27th of September 2016. All spokesperson from established astroparticlephysics projects as well as industry representatives and many experts from the area of low light-level sensors were invited to join. About 60 people participated in the Kick-off and got an introduction to the aims of SENSE. There the first experts were convinced to be part of SENSE experts group.

After the Kick-off in Munich the members of the experts group were discussed within the consortium, expanded and the experts were obliged.

WP 2 established a working group of measuring and exchanging sensors and started with preparing the work.

In absence of man power at KIT, foreseen for the Outreach work package (WP3), the Coordinator started to set up the website of SENSE and prepared a brochure for SENSE. The forum of SENSE was set up.

WP 1 started discussing in several meetings with the consortium and phone meetings with the experts about the ideas and developments for the roadmap. During the NDIP 2017 conference in Tours, SENSE was presented in a talk and results from WP2 work in a poster session. The first experts meeting took place as side meeting of NDIP.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The intense relation between the working group of Prof. T. Montaruli at the University of Geneva and at CERN, Dr. R. Mirzoyan at MPG, Dr. A. Haungs at KIT and K. Henjes-Kunst at DESY will further support disseminating the project results with the clear goal of stimulating new and innovative applications.

One application came up as side effect of WP 2 work of first year - the idea of a LEGO brick like assembly of silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) devices with interfaced readout electronics for various applications in science and medical diagnostics and the implementation, testing and further development of this LEGO brick design as photon detection module for intra-operative beta probe. The project ProTus, which was applied for a FET Launchpad call, proposes a new beta probe for radio-guided surgery (RGS) treatment of tumors, a technique based on the use of a radiation detection system for intra-operative detection of tumors via radio-pharmaceutical tracer. The imaging capability has the potential for minimizing the surgical invasiveness and improving the quality of the patient life after the intervention while ensuring the complete removal of the tumor tissue.

The project aims at joining forces of European experts in developing the ultimate low light-level sensors and taking the leadership in these R&D activities. However, the close cooperation between industry and academia in several research disciplines is defining an ideal partnership for developing substantially improved low light-level sensors that find immediate application in research projects and in commercial products.

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