CERN develops 3D-printed plastic flashing crystals for neutrino detectors

Neutrinos are probably one of the most elusive but ubiquitous particles around us, according tomedia reports. CERN researchers have invested heavily in trying to detect the particles through T2K experiments. It is reported that the T2K experiment is Japan’s premier neutrino oscillation experiment.

CERN develops 3D-printed plastic flashing crystals for neutrino detectors

But scientists are upgrading the probe to get more accurate results. Plastic flashing crystals are often used in neutrino oscillation experiments, where they reconstruct the final state of neutrino interaction. The upgraded detector requires a two-ton polystyrene plastic flashing crystal detector, which is divided into a 1 cubic centimeter cube. These small cubes, while producing precise results, require finer granularity, which ultimately makes it more difficult to assemble the detectors.

With this in mind, CERN EP-Neutrino, in conjunction with the Institute of Flashing Materials (ISMA) of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, has developed a new production technology for plastic flickerbodies. It is understood that the technology involves printing a giant flashing block containing many optically independent cubes using 3D printing technology.

Up to now, the 3D-printed cubes of the initial test run have shown good results and proved the concept.

However, CERN notes that the full adoption of these 3D-printed flashing machines will require fine-tuning of the 3D printer configuration and further optimization of the flashing parameters before the opticalisolation cube of the photoreflector material can be developed. But the team notes that the technology is worth exploring — because 3D-printed plastic flashers are not only powerful and cost-effective, but their potential applications extend beyond high-energy physics such as cancer treatment.