Silicon for Science

Dr. Erik H.M. Heijne

Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, CTU in Prague


The technological approach in physics has allowed progress in the understanding of the world around us, more so than the ancient philosophical approach. Invention of scientific instruments led to discoveries in electricity, magnetism, light, cryogenic behaviour and many other phenomena. In return, this led to many practical applications and technological innovations. These new technologies then again, in a technology/science spiral, enable new ways to achieve deeper understanding in physics. The subject of the lecture is the exploitation for physics and other fields of science of the micro- and nanotechnologies that are being developed for silicon-based electronics and mechatronic devices such as chips with nanopores. Emphasis will be on the results that have been obtained with silicon instruments in elementary particle physics, and also some future opportunities are discussed. Other fields of science will be mentioned, with examples from biology or astronomy.

The importance of innovation in instrumentation has been recognized by the European Physical Society, who awarded the 2017 High Energy and Particle Physics Prize of the EPS to Erik H.M. Heijne, Robert Klanner and Gerhard Lutz, "for their pioneering contributions to the development of silicon microstrip detectors that revolutionised high precision tracking and vertexing in high energy physics experiments".


The lecture takes place on 13th of October 2017, 10:30 a.m.
in the Balling's hall in the National Technical Library, Praha 6 ‐ Dejvice, Technická 2710/6.


  doc. Ing. Ivan Štekl, CSc.


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