2-9 July 2014
Valencia, Spain
Europe/Madrid timezone

Upgrade of the ALICE Time Projection Chamber for High-Rate Experiments

4 Jul 2014, 15:50
Auditorium 2 ()

Auditorium 2

Oral presentation Detector RD and Performance Detector RD and Performance


Dr. Piotr Gasik (TU München)


ALICE at the CERN LHC is planning a major upgrade of the central barrel detectors to cope with an increase of the LHC luminosity in Pb-Pb after 2018. The goal is to record Pb-Pb interactions at a rate of 50 kHz after Long Shutdown 2 (LS2), which is a factor of about 100 more than the current data acquisition rate. For the Time Projection Chamber (TPC) this implies replacement of the existing MWPC-based readout chambers by continuously operated Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) to overcome the rate limitations imposed by the present gated readout scheme. An extensive R&D program has been launched to reach the challenging goals of the upcoming upgrade of the detector and online calibration and data reduction system. As a first step of this program, a prototype of an ALICE Inner Read-Out Chamber (IROC) was equipped with large-size GEM foils as amplification stage to demonstrate the feasibility of this solution. In this presentation the most recent results will be discussed concerning ion backflow suppression, gain stability, energy and dE/dx resolution, stability against discharges. The status of the upgrade of the online calibration and data reduction system, which includes advanced techniques for online corrections of space-charge distortions, as well as the development of a new readout electronics will be also reported.

Primary author

Dr. Piotr Gasik (TU München)

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