Technical Group for Instrumentation Development for Particle Physics Research


The Physics department at Carleton University operates a technical facility that specializes in the development of detectors for particle physics. The facility has the following people on staff:

  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Designer/draftsperson 
  • Electronics specialist 
  • Machinist/technician 
  • DAQ/software/computer specialist

The personnel working at the facility are financed by funds from both TRIUMF and an MRS grant provided by NSERC. As such, the personnel on staff are available to the HEP community for the development of new detectors. For large projects we can employ additional people but the costs for this are charged back to the specific project.

We also provide support for applied detector development for non-HEP groups such as for medical physics and for government/industrial groups. In this case the cost of the services are charged to the group in question.

The group has access to the following facilities for detector development:

Groups wishing to use the facility are invited to contact one of the following:

Gerald Oakham           Thomas Koffas           Kevin Graham

Requests for use of the facility will be assessed by a board consisting of HEP scientists. To request support, scientist(s) are requested to write a short description of the desired work along with estimate of person-hours required to the Chair of the Board. The Board reviews proposals following NSERC guidelines and communicates to the grant managers (and to the sientist(s) requesting support) their evaluation along with the prioritization recommendation.

Board Members:

  • Tom Mattison (UBC) (current Chair of the Board)
  • Blair Jamieson (Winnipeg) (current Secretary for the Board)
  • Mark Boulay (Queens)
  • Akira Konaka (TRIUMF)
  • Michael Roney (IPP)
  • Brigitte Vachon (McGill)
  • Dean Karlen (U. Vic.) (ex-ofiicio)
  • Kevin Graham (Carleton) (ex-officio)