Satellite Workshop of the 2008 IEEE NSS/MIC Symposium
Whereas in high energy physics it has been common practice since the very beginning to build
dedicated and custom made detectors for the experiments, X-ray photon science until
recently, with a very few exceptions, either used commercial detectors, or adapted existing detectors
developed for different applications. However the future photon sources, like the X-ray Free Electron Lasers,
require custom made detectors in order to profit maximally from the new opportunities offered by the
unprecedented source characteristics.
At various laboratories throughout the world, where both High Energy Physics and Photon Science are present
a synergy between the two fields in the area of detector development is emerging. It is clear that the best synergy
is obtained when both partners profit, and jointly advance the field. This workshop is meant to strengthen existing
and build new bridges between the two fields of science. A large part of the workshop is foreseen for discussions,
in order to explore and stimulate various ideas.
Under the auspices of the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY)
will host a Joint Workshop on Detector Development for Future Photon Science and High Energy Particle Physics
Experiments at DESY in Hamburg, on October 16-17, 2008.
The main objective for this joint workshop is to bring together detector experts from both fields, to foster their
mutual understanding, and trigger ideas for cooperation. There is a huge potential for cross-fertilization with
benefits for both the photon science and particle physics communities. To achieve this, it is important to first
understand the different needs of the two communities and identify those areas of development that are of
The workshop will consists of invited talks only, with plenty of opportunities for discussion. At the end of the
workshop a round table discussion involving all speakers will take place to address the challenge of
"how to build the bridge" between the two communities. This discussion will help point the way forward to
bring the often quoted "synergies" to reality. The opening address will be given by Rolf-Dieter Heuer,
the 2008 NSS Program Chair.