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Large-load precision motion control for AGATA sensor array

02 March 2023

Mclennan has recently completed the design and supply of a particularly challenging motion control system for the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, as part of the research council’s funding and collaborative support of the advanced gamma tracking array (AGATA).

AGATA is a partnership of over 40 institutions from 13 European countries that collaborate and share exciting research. The aim is to build and operate the ultimate gamma-ray tracking spectrometer, and produce the most valuable understanding of the structure of atomic nuclei ever realised. 

At detection levels that are one thousand times more powerful than previous systems, the globe-shaped instrument will be transported and used across several European beam accelerator facilities. It will be used for applications that will advance many areas of research, including medical imaging and environmental monitoring.

Mclennan’s work on the project with Daresbury Laboratory, which is located at Sci-Tech Daresbury, involved the design and supply of a single-axis, servo-controlled motion system for the precise rotary positioning of the sensor array holding frame. This guides and supports a matrix of encapsulated high-purity and highly fragile germanium crystal detectors. 

Read the full article in DPA's March issue

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