High Energy Physics experiments are currently entering a new era which requires
the operation of gaseous particle detectors at unprecedented high rates and
integrated particle fluxes. Full functionality of such detectors over the lifetime of an
experiment in a harsh radiation environment is of prime concern to the involved
New classes of gaseous detectors such as large-scale straw-type detectors,
Micro-pattern Gas Detectors and related detector types
with their own specific aging effects have evolved since the first
workshop on wire chamber aging was held at LBL, Berkeley in 1986.
In light of these developments and as detector aging is a notoriously complex field,
the goal of the workshop was to provide a forum for interested experimentalists to review
the progress in understanding of aging effects and to exchange recent experiences.
A brief summary of the main results and experiences reported at the
2001 workshop is presented,
with the goal of providing a systematic review of aging effects in state-of-the-art and future gaseous detectors.