The ISIS Detector Systems Group consists of a mixture of multidisciplinary research scientists, engineers and technicians who are responsible for most of the detectors used at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. Every instrument at ISIS has an unique scientific purpose requiring bespoke detector solutions to deliver optimal results.The group is split into sections dealing with detector research and development, electronics development and support, and detector assembly and maintenance.
Detector Systems Group research falls into two broad categories: 1) meeting specific, immediate and near future instrument requirements and 2) high risk exploratory research to meet projected future requirements not met by the current state of the art. We perform research on a multitude of different technologies including gas, scintillator and semiconductor based detectors. Our research and development pipeline spans the basic physics and principles of radiation detection, electronics, signal processing through to engineering and manufacturing of neutron and positron detection systems.
Boron coated neutron detectors
Neutron detection with micropattern gas detectors
Nitrogen based neutron beam monitors
ZnS:Ag/6LiF + wavelength shifting fibre neutron detectors
Organic scintillators and inorganic nanoparticles for high
count rate neutron detection applications
Digital Signal Processing and Machine Learning in detector applications
Neutron Imaging and Detectors for Muon Instruments
Energy resolved neutron imaging detectors
Detectors for muon spin rotation spectrometers
Neutron beam characterisation
Front End Electronics and FPGA Firmware Development
Firmware development for detector signal processing
Data Acquisition Development Programmes
The Detector Systems Group also develops technology for data acquisition and data handling. The rollout of DAE3 is currently underway with development of data streaming marking a data acquisition paradigm shift for ISIS.