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DIPC Colloquium: The art of experiment and the pace of discovery in particle physics

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 16:00
Place: 
Donostia International Physics Center
Who: 
David Nygren, University of Texas at Arlington
Source Name: 
DIPC

The first electrical detection of single ionizing events occurred more
than 100 years ago when Ernest Rutherford and Hans Geiger succeeded in
recording single alpha particles from radon decay using a gas-filled
detector and an electrometer. Remarkably diverse innovations based on
gas-filled devices followed and continue to enjoy importance in the
arsenal of nuclear and particle physics techniques. Of course, detection
techniques based on liquid and solid state devices flesh out this
fascinating history. The evolution of all these devices is interesting
not only for their enabling contributions to discovery, but in some
cases, for aspects that were overlooked. Although this ample record has
many interesting chapters, I will focus on topics familiar to me that
seem best to illustrate how to make such advances.

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