PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 395 - 37th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2021) - CRD - Cosmic Ray Direct
Calibration of Aerogel Tiles for the HELIX-RICH Detector
S. O'Brien
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HELIX (High Energy Light Isotope eXperiment) is a balloon-borne instrument designed to measure the chemical and isotopic abundances of light cosmic-ray nuclei. In particular, HELIX is optimized to measure $^{10}$Be and $^{9}$Be in the range 0.2 GeV/n to beyond 3 GeV/n. To achieve this, HELIX utilizes a 1 Tesla superconducting magnet with a high-resolution gas drift tracking system, time-of-flight detector, and a ring-imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector. The RICH detector consists of aerogel tile radiators (refractive index ~1.15) with a silicon photomultiplier detector plane. To adequately discriminate between $^{10}$Be and $^{9}$Be isotopes, the refractive index of the aerogel tiles must be known to a precision of 0.1%. In this contribution, detailed mapping of the refractive index across the aerogel tiles is presented and the methodology used to obtain these measurements is discussed.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.395.0090
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