AIDA aims to upgrade, improve and integrate key European research infrastructures and develop advanced detector technologies for future particle accelerators (LHC upgrade, Linear Colliders, Neutrino facilities and Super-B factories) in line with the European Strategy for Particle Physics. In addition, European researchers from outside the project can benefit from EU Transnational Access funding to access AIDA test beams and irradiation facilities. The project is coordinated by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
The particle detectors developed in the AIDA project will be used in a planned upgrade to the LHC, and the proposed International Linear Collider machine, which will study with higher precision the Standard Model of Physics and beyond, Neutrino facilities to probe the mysteries of elusive neutrino particles and Super-B factories to understand the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe.
Already the technology used in particle detectors has been successfully transferred to areas such as medical imaging. Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Computer Tomography (CT) X-ray scanners and other X-ray imaging devices found in hospitals have been developed from technology originally developed for particle detectors. Detector technology is also being applied to radioactive waste monitoring and the transport sector for container scanning systems and to detect hazardous material in baggage. AIDA will work closely with industry to develop new technology to lead to new applications for society.