Use of a track and vertex processor in a fixed-target charm experiment

M. H. Schub, T. A. Carey, R. G. Jeppesen, M. J. Leitch, J. C. Peng, C. N. Brown, Y. B. Hsiung, D. M. Kaplan, C. Lee, G. Miller, J. Sa, P. K. Teng

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We have constructed and operated a high-speed parallel-pipelined track and vertex processor and used it to trigger data acquisition in a high-rate charm and beauty experiment at Fermilab. The processor uses information from hodoscopes and wire chambers to reconstruct tracks in the bend view of a magnetic spectrometer, and uses these tracks to find the corresponding tracks in a set of silicon-strip detectors. The processor then forms vertices and triggers the experiment if at least one vertex is downstream of the target. Under typical charm running conditions, with an interaction rate of ≈5 MHz, the processor rejects 80-90% of lower-level triggers while maintaining efficiency of ≈70% for two-prong D-meson decays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-58
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 21 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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