1 November 2018 to 19 December 2018
Europe/Zurich timezone

Heavy-flavour production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions and development of novel generation of extra-low-material-budget Vertex Detectors for future experiments at CERN and JINR

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Instrumentation and computing


One of the key requirements to be met by the future experimental installations
like ALICE is to increase the accuracy of secondary vertices reconstruction in order to
meet the challenging task of high precision studies in relativistic heavy-ion collisions of
such rare processes like heavy-flavour production. This task requires the further reduction
of the existing values of material budget of the Inner Tracking System and it is one of the
main goals of the ALICE upgrade during the Long Shutdown 3 (LS3) in the period 2023-
2024. The Inner Tracking System (ITS2) – the main vertex detector of ALICE – already
has the record level of 0.3% radiation length (X/Xo) per layer. The new task is the
development of a new high granularity fast detector which will be capable to ensure
X/Xo below of 0.05% per layer. This challenge of development of high precision Vertex
Detector is relevant not only to ALICE but to all experimental HEP installations both in
Europe and Russia.
The proposal of the ALICE/ITS Collaboration, aimed at the R&D of the Ultra
Lightweight Vertex Detector for the future ITS3 to be installed after the LS3, was
developed recently and the Saint-Petersburg State University team is one of the
participants. This Ultra Lightweight Vertex Detector will consist of ultra-thin (~20𝜇m)
silicon sensors with MAPS technology, arranged in perfectly cylindrical layers, featuring
an unprecedented low material budget of 0.05% X0 per layer. The given task is also
paving the way for the construction of a new all-silicon tracker with unprecedented low
mass, that would allow reaching down to an ultra-soft region of the phase space and to
measure the production of very-low transverse momentum lepton pairs, photons and
hadrons at the LHC after Long Shutdown 4 (LS4). Among the real strong challenges to
be met are the design and development of the extra-lightweight, state-of-the-art support
structures capable to ensure the high level of thermo- and mechanical- stability of the
large arrays (of many square meters) of these ultra-thin silicon sensors. Another
challenge is the efficient, very low speed, gas cooling system that will provide the
functionality of these MAPS sensors.
The implementation of these advanced detector and carbon fiber composite
technologies to the vertex trackers will also expand considerably the heavy-flavour
research physics programs at the fixed-target NA61/SHINE at the SPS, during the LS2 in
2019-2021, and to the future BM@N, MPD and SPD experiments at NICA collider at

Primary author

Dr Grigori Feofilov (St Petersburg State University (RU))


Igor Altsybeev (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Evgeny Andronov (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Svetlana Belokurova (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Andrey Erokhin (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Serguei Igolkin (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Dr Vladimir Kovalenko (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Tatiana Lazareva (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Nikolai Maltsev (Saint Petersburg State University) Karina Nametysheva (SPbSU) Dmitrii Nesterov (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Nikita Prokofiev (Saint Petersburg State University) Daria Prokhorova (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Anastasia Merzlaya (St Petersburg State University (RU), Jagiellonian University (PL)) Andrey Zarochentsev (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Andrei Puchkov (SPbSU) Vladislav Sandul (St. Petersburg State University) Alina Rahmatulina (Saint Petersburg State University) Andrey Seryakov (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Farkhat Valiev (St Petersburg State University (RU)) Vladimir Vechernin (St. Petersburg State University) Vladimir Zherebchevskii (St Petersburg State University (RU))

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