Forming far detector consortia – tight deadline!

Nine consortia are proposed for the DUNE far detector design and construction. Image:

As announced on the July 14th collaboration phone call, DUNE is beginning the process of replacing the existing working groups with the organizational structures needed to develop the far detector Technical Design Report and carry out the actual detector construction efforts starting in 2020.

Following the LHC model, these structures will be consortia of institutions. Within a consortium scope, each institution will take on responsibilities for specific sets of deliverables.  In order for DUNE to proceed with formal introduction of the far detector consortia by the upcoming August collaboration meeting, the timeframe for expressions of interest is tight – we are requesting responses by Sunday, July 23. A similar process for forming near detector consortia will take place in 2018 once the collaboration settles on the updated conceptual design.

DUNE is proposing a total of nine far detector consortia, each focusing on different far detector subsystems.   Three consortia (Anode Plane Assembly, Photon Detection System, and TPC Electronics) will focus on further developing the single-phase far detector design, while three others (Charge Readout Plane, Photon Detection System, and TPC electronics) will target the dual-phase design.  The remaining three will address areas in which the two detector technologies overlap; these include DAQ, HV System, and Slow Controls/Cryogenics Instrumentation.

To begin to define the scope of each consortium, we have developed initial lists of deliverables for them (see DUNE DocDB #4466).

The DUNE leadership team is asking each institution to review the deliverables documents associated with the consortia, and then express interest in joining one or more of the consortia based on the specific deliverables for which they would like to take responsibility.

To express interest, please send email to myself, the Technical Coordinator (  — by July 23 — with the subject line Consortium expression of interest for (institution name) and include the following information:

  1. the consortium/consortia of interest,
  2. the name(s) of proposed representatives to the consortium/consortia institutional board(s),
  3. the specific deliverables of interest, and
  4. the potential sources of funding to support these efforts.

If a specific deliverable appears to be missing from any of these lists, please feel free to point this out and express an interest in taking responsibility for that missing item.

Early tasks of the consortia, once formed, will be to further refine their scope and sort out the distribution of responsibilities among the contributing institutions.

Stay engaged! We all need to act quickly and efficiently to put in place these structures that will allow us to successfully navigate the next critical phases of the project.