Contribution Oral presentation
The Ultra Lightweight Support Structure and Gaseous Helium Cooling for the Mu3e Silicon Pixel Tracker
The Mu3e experiment searches for charged lepton flavor violation in the rare decay μ→eee. In order to reach a sensitivity of better than 10⁻¹⁶, more than 10⁹ muon decays per second have to be observed over a running time of one year. Precise determination of particle momentum, vertex position and time are necessary for background suppression. These requirements can be met by combining an ultra-lightweight tracker based on High-Voltage Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors (HVMAPS) with a timing system which consists of a scintillating fiber detector and a tile hodoscope. As the momentum of particles from muon decay is below 53 MeV/c, the silicon pixel tracker resolution is dominated by multiple Coulomb scattering. This leads to extreme requirements for the material budget of the tracking detector of below 0.1% of a radiation length per layer. Even though the target power consumption of the HVMAPS detector is as low as 150 mW/cm², the detector cooling must be very efficient and at the same time avoid adding material inside the active tracking volume. In this presentation the ultra-lightweight support structure and the gaseous helium cooling system for the thin silicon pixel tracker will be discussed.