TIPP 2011 to discuss new tech breaking physics barriers

The next installment of a new cross-disciplinary conference dedicated to addressing the technological needs of future physics experiments will take place June 9-14.

Technology and Instrumentation in Particle Physics 2011 (TIPP 2011) is the second in a new series of international conferences on detectors and instrumentation. Registration for the conference, which is sponsored in part by Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, remains open until May 31. Anyone wanting to attend the conference must register.

“This isn’t your typical science conference,” said Fermilab scientist and conference co-organizer Ted Liu. “This conference is not for polished beauty contest type talks. We’d like to hear about current experiment limitations and explore innovative solutions in instrumentation that will break these barriers to further our scientific exploration.”

The conference will provide a venue for scientists and engineers from scientific and industrial communities around the world to discuss detector development and instrumentation for particle physics, astrophysics and closely related fields. The conference will also offer opportunities for young scientists to engage in shaping the future of these fields.

“I really believe that the conference topics will become more and more important,” said Argonne scientist and conference co-organizer Marcel Demarteau. “We need new technologies to probe the physics questions of the coming decade and we hope the conference will stimulate the participants to challenge the barriers of current technologies.”

The conference program will feature a keynote speech at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, by Bill Brinkman, the director of DOE’s Office of Science, titled “Innovation: How it happens” and a talk titled “Extremes of Electronics” by Kerry Bernstein, a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.  Former Congressman Bill Foster will also give a talk on June 14.

A free public lecture by LHC Project Leader Lyn Evans titled “Marvel of Technology: the LHC, machine and experiments,” will take place from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday June 12.

All conference events will take place at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Chicago. For the full program or to register visit the conference website.

— Rhianna Wisniewski