Misconceptions about calorimetry

Michele Livan, Richard Wigmans

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In the past 50 years, calorimeters have become the most important detectors in many particle physics experiments, especially experiments in colliding-beam accelerators at the energy frontier. In this paper, we describe and discuss a number of common misconceptions about these detectors, as well as the consequences of these misconceptions. We hope that it may serve as a useful source of information for young colleagues who want to familiarize themselves with these tricky instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2017


  • Calorimetry
  • Energy resolution
  • Linearity
  • Particle detectors


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