Richard French (The University of Sheffield)
At the end of 2012 the proton irradiation facility at the CERN PS will shut down for two years. With this in mind a new irradiation facility has been setup at Birmingham University. This uses a newly built high intensity area of a 26MeV proton cyclotron in the medical physics department. The facility can be used to irradiate silicon sensors, optical components and mechanical structures (e.g . carbon fiber sandwiches) for the LHC upgrade program. Irradiations of silicon sensors can be carried out, in a temperature controlled cold box that can be scanned through the beam. The facility is described in detail, along with the first tests carried out with mini (1 by 1 cm2) silicon sensors.
Paul Dervan (University of Liverpool (GB))