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Contribution Oral presentation


First years of running for the LHCb calorimeter system


  • Sergey FILIPPOV

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The LHCb experiment is dedicated to precision measurements of CP violation and rare decays of B hadrons at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (Geneva) [1, 2]. LHCb is a single-arm spectrometer with a forward angular coverage from approximately 10 mrad to 300 mrad. It comprises a calorimeter system composed of four subdetectors [3], selecting transverse energy hadron, electron and photon candidates for the first trigger level (L0), which makes a decision 4 μs after the interaction. It provides the identification of electrons, photons and hadrons as well as the measurement of their energies and positions. The set of constraints resulting from these functionalities defines the general structure and the main characteristics of the calorimeter system and its associated electronics. A classical structure of an electromagnetic calorimeter (ECAL) followed by a hadron calorimeter (HCAL) has been adopted. In addition the system includes in front of them the Scintillating Pad Detector (SPD) and Pre-Shower (PS), which are two planes of scintillating pads separated by a 2.5 radiation length lead sheet, aimed at tagging the electric charge and the electromagnetic nature of the calorimeter clusters for the first level of trigger. ECAL, PS and SPD account for about 6000 channels each with three degrees of granularity, concentric around the beam pipe, namely, the inner, the middle and the outer parts. HCAL is made of about 1500 channels and is divided into two parts only. All four detectors are arranged in pseudo-projective geometry and follow the general principle of reading the light from scintillator tiles with wave-length shifting fibers, and transporting the light towards photomultipliers, all following the 25 ns readout. The calorimeter has been pre-calibrated before its installation in the pit, and the calibration techniques have been tested with the data taken in 2010. During operation, hadronic, leptonic and photon triggers of particular interest for hadronic B decays and radiative decays were provided by the calorimeter system. The design and construction characteristics of the LHCb calorimeter will be recalled. Strategies for monitoring and calibration during data taking will be detailed in all aspects. Scintillating fibres, plastics and photomultipliers suffer from ageing due to radiation damage or high currents. Different methods which are used to calibrate the detectors and to recover the initial performances will be presented. The performances achieved will be illustrated in selected channels of interest for B physics. References: [1] LHCb Collaboration, The LHCb Detector at the LHC, JINST 3 S08005 (2008), and references therein. [2] LHCb collaboration, A large Hadron Collider Beauty experiment, Technical Proposal, CERN/LHCC 1998-004. [3] LHCb Collaboration, LHCb calorimeters Technical Design Report, Technical Design Report, CERN/LHCC 2000-036.