Zecotek's LFS-3 Scintillation Crystal Plates Successfully Tested for Final Qualification for Hadron Collider Experiments at CERN
Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I.F), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for industrial, healthcare and scientific markets, today announced that the previously announced new configuration of LFS scintillation crystals (LFS-3 plates) have been successfully assessed by CERN scientists of the Large Hadron Collider using the high energy beam upgrade. Due to the positive results, the scientific team at CERN has ordered additional LFS-3 plates to be integrated into modules for the main Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. The Company was informed by the CERN group that the details of a qualification contract and supply agreement will be finalized in early 2015.
"We are excited about the progress taking place at CERN and look forward to the opportunity to have our newly configured LFS technology used in CERN's upgrade Large Hadron Collider," said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc. "Our new LFS plates with their new design, unique and unmatched cost performance advantages fulfill the principle criteria necessary for higher energies to be generated in the new LHC upgrades and CMS experiments. We are working with our strategic partner BOET and other associates to finalize the logistic and economic requirements to meet the contractual requirements anticipated in early 2015."
The CMS Experiment is one of two large general-purpose particle physics detectors built on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Europe. It is composed of three main components: scintillation material, photo-detectors and the ubiquitous electronic system. Zecotek's new LFS-3 plates were originally tested for use in CERN's high energy experiments because of their density of material, stopping power, fast decay time, very good energy resolution, unique radiation hardness, and competitive effective price.
In March 2013, CERN scientists confirmed that a new subatomic particle discovered at the world's most powerful particle accelerator is the Higgs Boson. As CERN pushes into this new frontier of science, additional experiments are required to determine the particle's properties and its true form. High-energy scintillation crystals with high radiation hardness and solid-state photo detectors are paramount for the success of the next stage of experiments.