Project of research and development ALICE CERN at FEEI TU of Košice

As of 12 October 2012, the Technical University of Košice was accepted as an associated member of the project ALICE at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). On this occasion an article about our university was published in the ALICE MATTERS newsletter. Members of the Center of Modern Control Techniques and Industrial Informatics at DCAI FEEI TU are involved in project-related tasks. They started to work on upgrade of the DCS (Detector Control System) at CERN with an emphasis on optimizing the process of data exchange between online and offline databases (CHEP 2013).

Upgrade of the ALICE Inner Tracking System
Members of the CMCT&II group at the DCAI FEEI TU of Košice are involved in the research task of Upgrade of the Alice Inner Tracking System, aimed at developing a Pixel detector requiring detection and identification of particles generated in Pb-Pb collisions at 14 TeV per n-n pair where in the final state, there can be thousands of charged particles. The collaboration on this task is a part of the intergovernmental agreement “The Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration in the Construction of the ALICE Detector Upgrade of the ALICE Inner Tracking System”, signed by CERN representatives and Ministers of Education and Science of the countries cooperating in this task.

The international plenum of the ALICE collaboration at CERN, Geneva approved at 13 March 2015 the acceptance of the Technical University of Košice (as the only technical university in Slovakia) as a full member of the above mentioned collaboration.

On 3 March 2016, the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport signed an Agreement on the Provision of Funds for Co-financing the Research and Development Project ALICE CERN at FEEI TU of Košice for the period of 2016 to 2020.
The guarantor of cooperation between FEEI, TU of Košice and CERN is associate professor doc. Ing. Ján Jadlovský, CSc. (Team Leader at TU, Košice).

Name of the international project: ALICE experiment at the CERN LHC: The study of strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions

Project character: Elementary research

Field of research and development : Nuclear and subnuclear physics

Responsible coordinator for FEEI-TU: doc. Ing. Jadlovský Ján, CSc.

Project duration: 1 January 2016 – 31 December 2020

Project research is focused on three fields:

  • the control of the pixel detector
  • development of the HIC (Hybrid Integrated Circuit) designed for acquisition and processing signals from ALICE detectors
  • development of program modules for the control communication architecture DCS

The results of the project were presented at the conference ICALEPCS 2017.

Contract no. 0222/2016 on the provision of funds for the co-financing of the research and development project ALICE CERN: