Micro Channel Plates

IMCP is an R&D project within INFN CSN5 aimed at the exploitation of secondary emission of electrons from the surface of micro-channel plates (MCP) for fast timing of showers in high rate environments. The usage of MCPs in "ionization" mode (i-MCP) has long been proposed and is used extensively in ion time-of-flight mass spectrometers. What has not been investigated in depth is their use to detect the ionizing component of showers. The fast time resolution of MCPs exceeds anything that has been previously used in calorimeters, and, if exploited effectively, could aid in the event reconstruction at high luminosities.