eXtremely Fast Tracker trigger upgrade at CDF

A. Abulencia, P. Azzurri, E. Cochran, C. Cox, D. Cox, J. Dittmann, S. Donati, J. Efron, R. Erbacher, D. Errede, I. Fedorko, G. Flanagan, R. Forrest, H. Gerberich, J. Gartner, S. Hewamanage, S. Holm, R. Hughes, A. Ivanov, T. JonesM. Johnson, T. Junk, M. Kasten, B. Kilminster, R. Klein, N. Krumnack, K. Lannon, S. Levine, A. Lister, J. McKim, R. Mokos, D. Olivito, B. Parks, K. Pitts, E. Rogers, L. Sartori, E. Schmidt, L. Scott, T. Shaw, J. Slaunwhite, A. Soha, G. Veramendi, P. J. Wilson, J. S. Wilson, B. Winer

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The CDF II eXtremely Fast Tracker (XFT) is a trigger processor which reconstructs charged particle tracks in the transverse plane of the central tracking chamber. The XFT tracks are also extrapolated to the electromagnetic calorimeter and muon chambers to generate trigger electron and muon candidates. The XFT is crucial for the entire CDF II physics program: it detects high Pt lepton from W / Z and heavy flavors decay and, in conjunction with the level 2 processor, it identifies secondary vertices from beauty decay. The XFT has thus been crucial for the recent measurement of the Bs0 oscillation and Σb. The increase of the Tevatron instantaneous luminosity demanded an upgrade of the system to cope with the higher occupancy of the chamber. In the upgraded XFT, three-dimensional tracking reduces the level of fake tracks and measures the longitudinal track parameters, which strongly reinforce the trigger selection. This allows to maintain the trigger perfectly efficient at the record luminosities 2 - 3 × 1032 cm- 2 s- 1 and to maintain intact the CDF II high luminosity physics program, which includes the Higgs search. In this paper we review the architecture, the used technology, the performance and the impact of the upgraded XFT on the entire CDF II trigger strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-330
Number of pages3
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • CDF
  • Tevatron
  • Trigger
  • eXtremely Fast Tracker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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