The NA62 RICH detector

Cassese, A. (2011) The NA62 RICH detector. Il nuovo cimento C, 34 (6). pp. 75-77. ISSN 1826-9885

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The NA62 experiment is designed to measure the very rare kaon decay K+ → π+ν¯ν at the CERN SPS with a 10% accuracy. The Standard Model prediction for the branching ratio is (8.5±0.7)×10−11. One of the challenging aspects of the experiment is the suppression of the K+ → μ+νμ background at the 10−12 level. To satisfy this requirement a Ring Imaging Cherenkov Detector (RICH), able to separate π± from μ± in the momentum range between 15 and 35 GeV/c, with a μ misidentification probability better than 10−2, is needed. The RICH must also have a time resolution of about 100 ps to disentangle accidental time associations of beam particles with pions. The RICH will have a very long focal length (17m) and will be filled with Ne gas at atmospheric pressure. Two tests beam were held at CERN in 2007 and 2009 with a RICH prototype. The results of the two tests beam will be presented: the μ misidentification probability is found to be about 0.7% and the time resolution better than 100 ps in the whole momentum range.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cherenkov detectors
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 530 Fisica
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2020 14:41
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2020 14:41

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