The Focusing Disc DIRC is a novel detector concept for particle identification based on the detection of internally-reflected Cherenkov light. A thin synthetic silica disc of 1 m radius will be used as radiator and for light transportation. At the rim LiF bars are foreseen to passively correct for dispersion. Focusing elements map the angles of the propagating photons to spatial positions on the focal plane covered with position sensitive photon detection devices. This novel 2D(+1t) detector concept will contribute to the outstanding particle identification performance of the general purpose PANDA detector. The aims of the PANDA experiment are to address fundamental questions of the strong force, to explore the structure of the nucleon and to search for new matter. The technical design, the current status of the development and recent results from prototype test experiments for the Focusing Disc DIRC are presented
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