Jul 4 – 11, 2012
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Australia/Melbourne timezone
ICHEP2012 - 36th International Conference for High Energy Physics

The large-angle photon veto system for the NA62 experiment at CERN

Jul 7, 2012, 6:00 PM
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Australia
Board: 55
Poster Sessions Track 13. Detectors and Computing for HEP Poster Session


Cristina Biino (Universita e INFN (IT))


The branching ratio (BR) for the decay K^+ \to \pi^+\nu\bar{\nu} is a sensitive probe for new physics. The NA62 experiment at the CERN SPS will measure this BR to within about 10%. To reject the dominant background from channels with final state photons, the large-angle vetoes (LAVs) must detect photons with energies as low as 200 MeV with an inefficiency of less than 10^{-4}, as well as provide energy and time measurements with resolutions of \sim 10% and 1 ns for 1 GeV photons. The LAV detectors make creative reuse of lead-glass blocks recycled from the OPAL electromagnetic calorimeter barrel. We describe the mechanical design and challenges faced during construction, the development of front-end electronics to allow simultaneous time and energy measurements over an extended dynamic range using the time-over threshold technique, and the development of an in-situ calibration and monitoring system. Our results are based on test beam data collected using prototypes of the LAV detectors.

Primary authors

Dr Antonella Antonelli (INFN (IT)) Cristina Biino (Universita e INFN (IT))

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