Established in June, 2013 under the framework of the Grant Program of Russian Government, this effort has three primary, general goals:
- experimental studies in the field of High Energy Physics and Astrophysics with Silicon PhotoMultiplier (SiPM)-based detectors;
- development of modern SiMP-based detectors for nuclear medicine diagnostics;
- development of technology for SiPM mass production in Russia and development of novel SiPM prototypes for various applications.
In slightly more detail, the project seeks to achieve:
- New results in physics on CP-violation, hadronic jets and structure of heavy hadrons.
- Development and construction of detectors based on SiPM for experiments in High Energy Physics and Astrophysics (BELLE II muon system, CALICE hadron calorimeter prototype, COMET active cosmic shield, CMD-3 time-of-flight system, space gamma-ray telescope GAMMA-400).
- Design, construction and tests of the time-of-flight PET detector ring prototype.
- Design, construction and tests of the SPECT module prototype.
- Design, construction and tests of a gamma-spectrometer prototype for dose measurement in Neutron Capture Therapy.
- Production of high quality SiPM with reproducible properties in Russian industry.
- New advanced types of SiPMs, in particular with improved timing characteristics.
These efforts will be complemented by a vigorous academic aspect, including participation of students at the host institution (Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute), a lecture series offered in 2013 and 2014 and presented by foreign physicists, and, of course, enhancement of private-sector ties to industrial partners in the Russian private sector.