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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 was supported through R&D funds provided to BNL by the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics. It was not intended to be specific to any proposed EIC site, and was open to all segments of the EIC community. Proposals were 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. The program will be administered by the BNL Physics Department.

This program ended in September 30, 2021. It was superseded by project specific R&Dand by a second round of generic R&D managed byJefferson Lab.

Detector Requirements

  • The Electron-Ion Collider Detector Requirements and R&D Handbook is an earlier 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 require R&D.
  • The Yellow Report is the main references for EIC detector requirements, It was released on March 8th, 2021. Its aim was to provide the basis for further development of concepts for experimental equipment best suited for science needs, including complementarity of two detectors towards future Technical Design Reports (TDRs).

Advisory Committee Meetings

Please click here to get to the 2011-2021 meeting agendas.

Received Proposals and Status Reports

Please click here to see the list of received proposals.

Committee Reports

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