In january 2011 MoEDAL physicists deployed an array of 130 stacks of Nuclear Track Detectors (NTD), where each stack consists of 10 sheets of plastic NTD of area 25cm x 25cm. This deployment corresponds to roughly one third of the full deployment that is slated for the long shutdown of the LHC. This test stack will be removed and sent for analysis when the full MoEDAL detector (or a new test stack) is deployed.
Professor Dieter Frekers of the University of Münster joined the MoEDAL Collaboration in February 2010. His wealth of experience in particle and nuclear physics makes him a valuable addition to the MoEDAL experimental team.
Roughly one square metre (out of 25) of MoEDAL nuclear track detector stacks were deployed in the VELO cavern of the LHCb experiment at Point 8 on the CERN ring. They were installed just prior to the restart of the LHC.
At the 99th meeting of the LHCC in SEptember 2009 the LHCC approved the MoEDAL TDR: