Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) has been chosen by the particle physics scientific consortium LBNO-DEMO, including CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research) and ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) to be employed in a small tank to contain liquid argon in order to qualify it for future large scale implementations.
GTT will provide a small rectangular liquid argon cryostat with a very high insulation performance. The membrane tank is also designed for integration of a TPC (Time Projection Chamber).
The scientific consortium intends to study particle physics, particularly neutrinos, which are the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces acting between them. The new liquid argon cryostat will serve as an experimental device for validating the feasibility, before implementing it in much larger scale.
Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said: "Our cooperation with CERN demonstrates the GTT ability to offer membrane technology for other liquefied gases such as Argon. We are proud to see the use of our technologies serving a major European scientific initiative".
Prof. Dr. André Rubbia, from ETH Zurich and Spokesperson of the scientific consortium, said: "Detecting neutrinos is a very tricky business: neutrinos rarely interact with other particles of matter and we will eventually need to build very large liquid argon chambers of tens of thousands of cubic meters to truly study and understand them. Today we are extremely excited to lead the tests that will allow certifying the use of the GTT membrane technology for the future projects of the worldwide neutrino physics community".
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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