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Generic Detector R&D for an Electron Ion Collider


In January 2011 Brookhaven National Laboratory, in association with Jefferson Lab and the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics, announced a generic detector R&D program to address the scientific requirements for measurements at a future Electron Ion Collider (EIC). The primary goals of this program are to develop detector concepts and technologies that have particular importance for experiments in an EIC environment, and to help ensure that the techniques and resources for implementing these technologies are well established within the EIC user community.

This program is supported through R&D funds provided to BNL by the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics. It is not intended to be specific to any proposed EIC site, and is open to all segments of the EIC community. Proposals should be aimed at optimizing detection capability to enhance the scientific reach of polarized electron-proton and electron-ion collisions up to center-of-mass energies of 30-141 GeV and e-p equivalent luminosities up to 1034 cm-2s-1. Funded proposals will be selected on the basis of peer review by a standing EIC Detector Advisory Committee consisting of internationally recognized experts in detector technology and collider physics. This committee meets approximately twice per year, to hear and evaluate new proposals, and to monitor progress of ongoing projects. The program will be administered by the BNL Physics Department.
This program is funded at an annual level of $1.0M - $1.5M, subject to availability of funds from DOE NP.

Detector R&D Handbook

The Electron-Ion Collider Detector Requirements and R&D Handbook is a document that outlines the machine parameters, illustrates the kinematics of the basic physics processes, examines and defines detector performance requirements, and discusses available (and missing) technologies that will require R&D. We consider this a living document that, as we hope, gets frequently updated and thus stays relevant for those that work on the realization of an EIC. If you want to contribute please send text and plots (as MS Word file, plots preferrably in eps format) to Alexander Kiselev (kisselev at mail.desy.de) and/or Thomas Ullrich (thomas.ullrich at bnl.gov). 

News & Next Meeting

The last Generic EIC Detector R&D meeting took place March 24-26, 2021.  

Advisory Committee Meetings

Please click here to get to the meeting agendas, current and previous ones.

Received Proposals and Status Reports

Please click here to see the list of received proposals for the current and past funding periods.

Committee Reports

The final reports of the committee for each meeting are linked under the individual meeting agenda and proposal pages.

Preparation and Submission of Proposals and Progress Reviews

Revised Guidelines (2020): Information and instructions for preparing an EIC R&D proposal can be found here (pdf).
A template for the progress reports is available as PDF and Word file.

Proposals and progress reports should be submitted to:
Thomas Ullrich
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11793
Electronic submission is encouraged: thomas"dot"ullrich"at"bnl"dot"gov