Application of fundamental Physics innovative techniques and tools to others fields

Patrick Le Dû
(IPN Lyon)


This lecture is intended to give a flavor of the value of Particle Physics: can we use the state-of-the-art technologies, tools and techniques developed for fundamental physics experiments in the field of High Energy Physics (HEP) to others applications of interest to society? High energy and particle physics has considerable acquired knowledge, expertise and resources that can, when transferred in a realistic way, significantly impact other fields of applications like the practice of medical imaging for diagnostic and therapy, safeguarding homeland security, environmental sciences and severe nuclear accident monitoring. This overview introductory talk of 90 minutes “from basic science to the human reality” intends to show how successful technology transfer between fundamental research in Particle Physics and other fields of applications can be achieved using specific examples. Using as input the recent advance of HEP state-of-the-art techniques and tools in detectors developments like solid-state and gaseous detectors, calorimeters, photodetectors, fast signal processing,read-out electronics, trigger, data acquisition and simulations, this talk will provide examples of some direct applications in medical and molecular imaging like Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Computed Tomography (CT), Particle Therapy (pCT),X-Ray imaging and many others.



Short Bio
Dr. Patrick Le Dû is a senior experimental physicist of the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) where he was working from 1969 to 2007. He is now Senior Scientific Advisor for promoting multidisciplinary actions at IN2P3-CNRS Lyon, France (Institut de Physique Nucléaire).

He got his PhD Thesis in 1973. Being involved as CEA-Saclay group leader in many High Energy Physics particle accelerator experiments at CERN (PS, SPS-NA3, LEP-OPAL, LHC-ATLAS),SSC(SDC) and FNAL-Tevatron (DO). Expert in instrumentation of large experimental systems (wire chambers (MWPC), photodetectors and timing detectors (TOF), read out electronics (Trigger and Data Acquisition). Scientific advisor of CEA and IN2P3 since 2002 of the technology transfer between fundamental physics instrumentation and biomedical imaging. Chairman of many multidisciplinary conferences and workshops in particular IEEE NPSS Real Time 2007 Beaune Conference and General Chair of the first non north american IEEE NSS-MIC 2000 in Lyon. Elected member of the Administrative Committee (ADCOM) of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Physics Sciences Society (NPSS) as Transnational Committe Chair and vice chair of the Radiation Instrumentation Technical Committee (RITC). 
Distinguish lecturer of the NPSS society.