The Medipix family's roots extend deep into the tunnels of CERN's LHC and high-energy physics. Originally developed for particle physics, they found their way to medical imaging and then came back for the second run of the LHC.

As an example, the chips are now being used in the ATLAS experiment to provide independent, real-time information about the radiation environment in the experimental cavern - in principle the same task that Timepix does at the International Space Station. A direct 'spin back' to high-energy physics is VELOpix, based on Timepix3. Benefiting from developments made in the framework of the Medipix3 consortium which were not originally intended for high-energy physics, VELOpix will serve as the read-out chip in the new vertex detector of tje LHCb experiment, which is planned for installation in 2018.



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