Volume 309 - The 26th International Workshop on Vertex Detectors (Vertex 2017) - Operational Experience on Current detectors
MAPS-based Vertex Detectors: Operational Experience in STAR and Future Applications
G. Contin
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Pre-published on: November 03, 2018
Published on: December 05, 2018
Abstract
The STAR PiXeL detector (HFT PXL) at RHIC is the first application of the thin Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors (MAPS) technology in a collider environment. It is based on 50~$\mu$m-thin MAPS sensors with a pitch of 20.7~$\mu$m. The sensor is read-out in rolling shutter mode in 185.6~$\mu$s. The 170 mW/cm$^2$ power dissipation allows for air cooling and contributes to reducing the global material budget to 0.4\% radiation length on the innermost layer. This system took data in Au+Au collisions, p+p and p+Au collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}$~=~200~GeV at RHIC, during the period 2014-2016. Operational experience and lessons learned from the construction and the 3 years of data-taking will be presented in this paper. Detector performance and results from 2014 Au+Au data analysis, demonstrating the STAR capabilities of charm reconstruction, will be shown. Following this successful experience, the next-generation MAPS sensor, featuring an integration time shorter than 20~$\mu$s, will be used to upgrade the ALICE Inner Tracking System (ITS) at LHC and has been proposed for the vertex detector (MVTX) for sPHENIX, the future nuclear physics experiment for the study of the QGP planned for RHIC. A short outlook on these future applications will conclude the paper.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.309.0019
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