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The Upgrade of the LHCb Vertex Locator

Sep 8, 2014, 4:50 PM
University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Guildford, UK
Oral Paper Applications in Particle Physics and Astrophysics Session 4: Pixel Detectors for High Energy Physics


Thomas Bird (University of Manchester (GB))


The upgrade of the LHCb experiment, planned for 2018, will transform the experiment to a trigger-less system reading out the full detector at 40 MHz event rate. All data reduction algorithms will be executed in a high-level software farm with access to the complete event information. This will enable the detector to run at luminosities of 2 x 10^33 /cm^2/s and probe physics beyond the Standard Model in the heavy flavour sector with unprecedented precision. The Vertex Locator (VELO) is surrounding the interaction region is used to reconstruct primary and secondary vertices and measure the flight distance of long-lived particles. The upgraded VELO must be capable of fast pattern recognition and track reconstruction while maintaining the exceptional resolution of the current detector. This is realised through a hybrid pixel detector using silicon sensors with 55x55 um^2 pitch, read out by the VeloPix ASIC which is being developed based on the TimePix/MediPix family. The hottest region will have pixel hit rates of 900 Mhits/s yielding a total data rate more than 3 Tbit/s for the upgraded VELO. The detector modules are located in a separate vacuum, separated from the beam vacuum by a thin custom made foil. The foil will be manufactured through milling and possibly thinned further by chemical etching. The detector halves are retracted when the beams are injected and closed at stable beams, positioning the first sensitive pixel at 5.1 mm from the beams. The high data rates require development of low-mass, high-speed, flexible electrical serial links bringing the data out of the vacuum where electrical-to-optical conversion is performed. The material budget will be minimised by the use of evaporative CO_2 coolant circulating in microchannels within 400 um thick silicon substrates. Microchannel cooling brings many advantages: very efficient heat transfer with almost no temperature gradients across the module, no CTE mismatch with silicon components, and low material contribution. This is a breakthrough technology being developed for LHCb. The 40 MHz readout will also bring significant conceptual changes to the way in which the upgrade trigger is operated. Work is in progress to incorporate momentum and impact parameter information into the trigger at the earliest possible stage, using the fast pattern recognition capabilities of the upgraded detector. The current status of the VELO upgrade will be described together with a presentation of recent test results.

Primary author

Lars Eklund (University of Glasgow (GB))

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