Scientific Programme

The programme will consist of a mix of invited (45+5 min) and contributed short talks (15+5 min), as well as a poster session.

Parallel to the conference there will be exhibitors from industry such as Hamamatsu, HilgerCrystals, Kromek, Scionix and SensL.

The best contributions will be awarded prizes sponsored by ORTEC

There will be reviewed proceedings from this workshop. Details will be given here later.

A downloadable version of the final programme can be found here.

Scientific Programme (click in the title’s talk to access its pdf)

Monday 12th of January

09:00 – 10:00 Registration/Coffee

10:00 – 10:05Welcome

Session 1: Development of Novel Scintillators (Chair: Sheila McBreen – UCD)

10:05 – 10:55       Development and application of novel scintillators on an Industrial scale

                                Paul Schotanus – Scionix, The Netherlands

10:55 – 11:45       Nanocomposite Based Scintillators

                                Brent Wagner – Georgia Tech, USA

11:45 – 12:05       Scintillator research at RMD

                             Jarek Glodo – Radiation Monitoring Devices, USA

Lunch12:05 – 13:05

Session 2: Characterisation of Novel Scintillators (Chair: Julie McEnery – NASA)

13:05 – 13:55       New Scintillators, Instrumentation and Applications

                                Nerine Cherepy – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

13:55 – 14:15       Characterization of new scintillators: GYGAG, SrI2, CeBr3 and CLYC

                                Agnese Giaz – INFN-Milano, Italy

14:15 – 14:35       6LiF nano-particles in siloxane scintillators for thermal neutron detection

                                Sara Carturan – INFN-Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, Italy

Coffee14:35 – 15:05

15:05 – 15:55       Influence of slow components on energy resolution of scintillators

                                Marek Moszynski – National Centre for Nuclear Research, Poland

15:55 – 16:15       3”x3” LaBr3:Ce position sensitivity

                             Nives Blasi – INFN-Milano, Italy

16:15 – 16:35       Phototube non-linearity correction technique

                                Stefano Riboldi – Universita degli Studi Milano / INFN

16:35 – 16:55       Technology Preparation for ESA’s Cosmic Vision Programme

                            Brian Shortt – European Space Agency, The Netherlands

Public Talk: “The Hot and Energetic Universe with the X-ray Observatory Athena” by Prof. Luigi Piro. 6 pm in the Moore Auditorium. All welcome.

Tuesday 13th of January

Session 3: Novel Scintillators in Medical Applications (Chair: Marek Moszynski – NCBJ, Poland)

09:30 – 10:20       Improving PET time-of-flight performance with prompt photons in


                                Paul Lecoq – CERN, Switzerland

10:20 – 10:40       Coincidence Resolving Time with Silicon Photomultipliers for Time-of-Flight Positron Emission Tomography

                                Kevin O’Neill – SensL, Ireland

10:40 – 11:00       Para-terphenyl based polycrystalline scintillator adopted in a beta- detecting probe for radio-guided surgery

                                Elena Solfaroli Camillocci – CLNS-Sapienza Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Coffee11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 11:50       Picosecond timing for scintillators in particle physics and medical


                               Christophe Royon – IRFU-SPP, CEA Saclay, France

11:50 – 12:10       Need for novel detectors in Radiotherapy

                                Laura Shields – University College Dublin, Ireland

Session 4: Theoretical development of Materials (Chair: Paul Lecoq – CERN)

12:10 – 13:00       The high-throughput highway to computational materials design

                                Stefano Sanvito – Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Group Photo/Lunch13:00 – 14:30

Session 5: Applications of Novel Scintillators in Astrophysics (Chair: Brian Shortt – ESA)

14:30 – 15:20       Development of scintillators for gamma-ray spectroscopy of planets

                             Francesco Quarati – Praesepe BV & TU Delft, The Netherlands

15:20 – 15:40       Characterization of a 3D Imaging Scintillation Module for Gamma-Ray Astronomy

                                Aleksandar Gostojic – CSNSM, Orsay, France

15:40 – 16:00       Gamma-ray detection with LaBr3 and silicon photomultipliers

                                Alexey Ulyanov – University College Dublin, Ireland

16:00 – 16:20       Development of glass ceramic scintillators for gamma-ray astronomy

                                Daithi de Faoite – University College Dublin, Ireland

Coffee16:20 – 17:00

Informal Meetings/Poster Session 16:20-


The fabrication of wavelength shifting lightguides from clear acrylic sheet by disperse dying

                             John McMillan – University of Sheffield, UK

                               Characterisation of neutron/gamma discrimination in EJ299 plastic


                               Christopher Payne – University of Surrey, UK

BurstCube: A Gamma-ray Burst Detecting Swarm of CubeSats

                                Jeremy S. Perkins – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

                             Modelling of Scintillation Light in High Aspect Ratio Scintillator Arrays

                                Sion A. Richards – University of Surrey & STFC Rutherford Appleton   

                                Laboratory, UK

18:00 – 19:00Meet-up in Arthur Mayne’s Pub in Donnybrook (48 Donnybrook Rd)

Buses: 46A, 145, 39A from UCD/City Centre

19:00 - Conference Dinner in O’Connells restaurant (apx. €45/person).

135 Morehampton Road,


Dublin 4

Buses: 46A, 145, 39A from UCD/City Centre

Wednesday 14th of January

Session 6: Applications of Novel Scintillators in Nuclear Physics (Chair: Oliver Roberts – UCD)

10:00 – 10:50       Novel scintillators in nuclear physics

                                David Jenkins – University of York, UK

10:50 – 11:10       Development of a LaBr3 Coincidence Gamma-ray Array for Radioactive Source Characterisation and Absolute Activity Measurements at the UK National Physical Laboratory

                                Patrick H. Regan – University of Surrey & National Physical Laboratory, UK

11:10 – 11:30       The SpecMAT project: an array of gamma ray detectors around an active gas target

                                Jacobus A. Swartz – IKS KU Leuven, Belgium

Coffee11:30 – 12:00

12:00 – 12:20       Lifetime measurements of nuclear excited states using a mixed array of HPGe and LaBr3(Ce) detectors

                                Cristina R. Nita – University of Brighton, UK & IFIN-HH, Romania

12:20 – 12:40       The PARIS cluster coupled to the BaFPro electronic module: data analysis from the NRF experiment at the ELBE facility

                                Barbara Wasilewska – IFJ PAN, Poland

12:40 – 13:00       Scintillators in Low Energy Nuclear Physics

                                Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.

Lunch13:00 – 14:30

Session 7: Applications of Scintillators in Defence & Security (Chair: Nerine Cherepy – LLNL, USA)

14:30 – 14:50       A review of emerging gamma detector technologies for airborne radiation monitoring

                                Steven Bell – National Physical Laboratory, UK

14:50 – 15:10       A Large Area Scintillator Trigger Detector for Cosmic Ray Muon Scattering Tomography

                                Chris Steer – AWE, UK

15:10 – 15:30       Thermal neutron scintillators using unenriched boron nitride and zinc


                                John McMillan – University of Sheffield, UK


Invited Speakers

Nerine Cherepy, LLNL, US

David Jenkins, York, UK
Paul Lecoq, CERN, CH

Marek Moszyński, NCBJ, PL

Francesco Quarati, Delft, NL

Stefano Sanvito, TCD, IR

Paul Schotanus, SCIONIX, NL

Brent Wagner, Georgia Tech, US

12-14 January 2015 — University College Dublin, Ireland

Latest News

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Key dates

Registration opens:

17 October 2014

Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED):

5 December 2014

Preliminary program available online:

16 December 2014

Early registration closes:

22 December 2014

Registration closes:

5 January 2015

Workshop opens:

12 January 2015