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The ATLAS Inner Detector track based alignment

Mar 20, 2018, 4:45 PM
Physics-Astronomy Auditorium A118 (University of Washington Seattle)

Physics-Astronomy Auditorium A118

University of Washington Seattle

Poster 5: Advanced usage of tracks Poster


Salvador Marti I Garcia (IFIC-Valencia (UV/EG-CSIC))


The alignment of the ATLAS Inner Detector is performed with a track-based alignment algorithm.
Its goal is to provide an accurate description of the detector geometry such
that track parameters are accurately determined and free from biases.
Its software implementation is modular and configurable,
with a clear separation of the alignment algorithm from the detector system specifics and the database handling.

The alignment must cope with the rapid movements of the detector
as well as with the slow drift of the different mechanical units.
Prompt alignment constants are derived for every run at the calibration stage.
These sets of constants are then dynamically split from the beginning of the run in many chunks,
allowing to describe the tracker geometry as it evolves with time.

The alignment of the Inner Detector is validated and improved by studying resonance decays (Z and J/psi to mu+mu-),
as well as using information from the calorimeter system with the E/p method with electrons.
A detailed study of these resonances (together with the prpperties of their decay products)
allows correcting for alignment weak modes such as detector curls, twists or radial
deformations that may bias the momentum and/or the impact parameters.
On the other hand, the detailed scrutiny of the track-hit residuals serves to asses the shape of the Pixels and IBL modules.

Primary author

Salvador Marti I Garcia (IFIC-Valencia (UV/EG-CSIC))


Stefano Camarda (CERN) Tobias Golling (Universite de Geneve (CH))

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