Ageing tests of the Hybrid Modules for the ALICE ITS Upgrade
March 05, 2020
The ALICE experiment foresees a comprehensive upgrade during the ongoing long LHC shutdown. A key element is the replacement of the Inner Tracking System (ITS) with a newly constructed silicon based detector allowing a remarkable improvement of the tracking and vertexing capabilities. Several institutions were involved in the assembly of the modules (HICs, Hybrid Integrated Circuits) of the new ITS. Dedicated hardware and software were developed in order to qualify the modules at different stages after the assembly. Some HICs underwent more invasive tests designed to check their mechanical strength. These include ageing tests: keeping the modules in a temperature and humidity controlled environment, their ageing in the ALICE cavern can be simulated. The pixel response and the quality of the HICs before and after different ageing periods were measured and compared, drawing conclusions on their stability over time during the data taking period.
The HIC qualification procedure will be presented and particular emphasis will be given to the ageing tests.
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