What has the ATTRACT seed funding enabled you to do so far?
Prototypes of all components for our multi-purpose detector (with sensors sensitive to flame, sparks, smoke and dangerous gases) were built and are under the tests now. The preliminary results were presented at the RD-51 collaboration meeting at CERN on 12.02.2020. The draft of a paper describing our results obtained with some sensors is ready and is in an editing phase.
What challenges have you faced so far?
Electronics for flame visualisation detector and Integration of all sensors to the CERN RENUS networking system, though Open Hardware SoC boards. The work in these directions is in progress in collaboration with the CERN BE-CO-HT and external companies already working with them, and with the support of the ALICE HMPID group.
Where does your ATTRACT journey go from here?
We have to complete some tests on detector stability and reproducibility and to address the issues mentioned above. Another paper, describing latest results obtained with other sensors, should be written. Contacts will Industries interested in our concept have tohe pursued with the support of the CERN Technology Transfer Team.
Sum up in two sentences the advantages of the ATTRACT Programme over other research funding schemes.
The ATTRACT offers more flexibilities in work planning and budget spending with less bureaucracy (paper work).