|Organization:||LHCb Collaboration, CERN|
|Project length:||10 years, at least|
|Location:||CERN, Geneve (Switzerland)|
|Size:||20 m long|
The LHCb is one of the four big experiments of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world. Located at CERN, Geneve, the LHC consists of a 27-kilometer ring of superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles along the way. LHCb stands for "Large Hadron Collider beauty". The "beauty" or "b" particle is one of the fundamental particles of the Standard Model of fundamental particles and interactions. [+]
ICCUB researchers and engineers have been involved in the LHCb experiment since the very beginning. Aside from their participation at a scientific level, ICCUB staff undertook the design, production and installation of the electronics of the SPD (Scintillator Pad Detector), part of the calorimeter (see the image gallery for more information). In addition the ICCUB participated in the development of the Data-GRID computer network and the DIRAC software, which are essential in the data analysis and simulation processes.
An updated LHCb detector is currently being designed and scheduled for 2018 to start operation. The ICCUB participates in the design of the readout (RO) electronics of both the calorimeter and the new central tracker (to be based on Scintillating Fibers).