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Research & Science

For over ten years now, ISATEC has been developing a wide range of detectors for cooperative international research groups in the area of high-energy physics. As early as 1998, ISATEC’s design for the AMS research satellite completely lived up to its potential in a 10-day NASA Space Shuttle flight (STS91). Right now: conversion of the experiment and extension of the detectors for multi-year stationary deployment aboard the International Space Station ISS (AMS2). 

 

A further example: the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. The CMS experiment is a gigantic particle detector that is installed in one of the four caverns of CERN’s 27 km long ring accelerator 100 m beneath the surface of the earth near Geneva. The supporting structure of the CMS detector was designed by ISATEC in cooperation with the 1st Physical Institute of RWTH Aachen University. It is “compact” on account of its high weight compared to its relatively small dimensions; “muons” are, of course, what the detector is supposed to find; and “solenoid” stands for the type of magnetic coil inside – the world’s largest superconducting magnet. These superconducting magnets have an impressively high accuracy of a thousandth of a millimeter, and are also included in ISATEC’s design portfolio – for both atmospheric and underground experiments. 

The PEBS (Positron Electron Balloon Spectrometer) is a high-energy physics experiment that seeks to directly measure the positron portion of cosmic radiation. In this configuration, a magnetic detector is lofted by a balloon to an altitude of 40 km. The experiment seeks to determine the origin of an elevated positron flux and measure high-energy electron radiation and the antiproton flux at high energies. 

 

ISATEC also supports research into light-weight construction – including carbon pressure tanks for hydrogen or natural gas, e.g. for busses, carbon-fiber tanks for propelling research rockets, and even prosthetic devices for competitive athletes.