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Detector Systems Science and Technology Experts Meet at University of Leicester

September 2002

A prestigious international conference at the University of Leicester is set to further enhance the University’s standing as a world-leading centre in space science research.

The University is hosting the Sixth International Conference on Position Sensitive Detectors (PSD6) between September 9 and September 13. These conferences were started in 1987 and have since been run at three year intervals, each time exploring the scientific and technical developments of detector systems used in high energy physics, space applications, industrial and medical imaging and ground-based astronomy. This year's conference in Leicester has attracted 160 delegates, with over three quarters coming from abroad.

Presentations and posters at the conference will cover new ideas and developments in position-sensitive radiation detectors, in the field of astronomy and space science, condensed matter studies, industrial and life sciences applications, medical physics, particle and astro-particle physics.

The cross-disciplinary nature of this conference is well exemplified by the support from the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council and the Medical Research Council, whose Chief Executives, Professor Ian Halliday (PPARC) and Professor Sir George Radda (MRC) will be presenting keynote addresses on national science strategy in their respective fields.

Workshops are planned on Technology Transfer and on detector developments in the former Soviet Union, the latter with financial support from INTAS. PPARC and the Institute of Physics are supporting PhD student bursaries and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the University of Leicester Space Research Centre have contributed general sponsorship.

Professor Alan Wells, Director of the University of Leicester’s Space Research Centre and Chair of the Conference Organising Committee, said: “This conference is a further step in establishing Leicester as a world-leading centre for research in space science research and the application of the associated technologies for medical and industrial purposes.

“The University has had scientific instruments developed at Leicester operating on board orbiting satellites in every calender year since 1962. Currently NASA's Chandra mission, ESA's XMM-Newton and Envisat missions are fully operational with modern position sensing equipment, in which Leicester's Space Research Centre has had critical involvement, delivering high quality scientific data. A fourth instrument was successfully launched on August 28 2002 aboard the first of Europe's Second Generation Meteorological Satellites. “

The University is the founding partner in the National Space Centre, Millennium Landmark project, -already seen by over 320,000 visitors since its opening in July 2001. Conference delegates will be visiting the National Space Centre for a social event on September 10.


For more information, please contact Professor Alan Wells on 0116 252 3522.

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