E7: Particle Physics and Technology Working Group

Working Group Convenors: Email distribution list of the working group

Link to the local E7 working group page on the Snowmass server

Particle Physics and Technology:

Particle physics has often been the driver of progress in technologies that are the key to advances in other scientific fields, in industry and eventually commerce. Examples of past decades range from cryogenic vacuum systems and superconducting wire and magnet technology to the invention of the World Wide Web. At other times, although not directly the generator of new technologies, our field has sparked progress by pushing new technologies to meet the needs of our next-generation experiments or numerically intensive theoretical investigations. Recent examples include high-precision radiation-tolerant particle detectors like silicon pixels that are now finding applications in the field of medical imaging as fast, low-exposure alternatives to X-ray films; compact high-speed electronics capable of acquiring and processing vast floods of data; high-gradient linear accelerators for electron-positron colliders that may form the basis for the future development of X-ray free electron lasers of super-high instantaneous brilliance; petabyte-scale analysis challenges of current and next generation collider experiments and the plans to meet these needs through the development of "Data Grids". Astrophysics has joined particle physics in this role through new programs such as large-scale sky surveys, precise measurements of cosmological parameters, and simulation of astrophysical processes. The scale, complexity and duration of ongoing and future programs have forced new approaches to the development of software by large and distributed collaborations, and have benefitted from the application of new statistical and algorithmic approaches from applied mathematics. These changes have resulted in the adoption of new programming models and tools and have led to a major role by computing professionals (software engineers) in experiments and advanced computation.

Session Schedule, Talks, and Papers

The working group met during the three week long workshop in July of 2001. The session schedule contains most of the presentations.
The Nuclear and Plasma Science Society also organized Technolcogy Lectures during the workshop.

Summary Report of the Working Group: Portable Document Format (PDF) or Post Script (PS)

Other Contributions:

http://www.fnal.gov/projects/snowmass_e7/index.html was last updated Nov 29th, 2001 by Stephan Lammel