PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 450 - The Eleventh Annual Conference on Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP2023) - session Poster session
ATLAS Forward Proton Time-of-Flight detectors: status, performance and new physics results
V. Sothilingam*  on behalf of the ATLAS Collaboration
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The Time-of-Flight (ToF) detectors of the ATLAS Forward Proton (AFP) system are designed to measure the primary vertex z-position of the $pp \rightarrow pXp$ processes by comparing the arrival times measured in the ToF detector of the two intact protons in the final state. We present the results obtained from a performance study of the AFP ToF detector operation in 2017. A time resolution of individual channels ranging between 20 ps and 40 ps is extracted, even though the AFP ToF efficiency is below 10$\%$. The overall time resolution of each ToF detector is found to be 20 (26) $\pm$ 4 (5) ps for side A(C). This demonstrates the time resolution for a detector operating at a few millimetres from the LHC beams. Events from ATLAS physics runs at moderate pile-up taken at the end of 2017 are selected with signals in ToF stations at both sides of ATLAS. The difference of the primary vertex $z$ - position measured by ATLAS and the value obtained by the AFP ToFs is studied. The distribution of the time difference constitutes of a background component from combinatorics due to non-negligible pile-up, and significantly narrower signal component from events where protons from the same interaction are detected in ToF detector. The fits performed to the distribution of the reconstructed time difference yield the vertex position resolution (of about 6 $\pm$ 1 mm at best) that is in agreement with the expectation based on single-ToF detector channel resolutions.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.450.0245
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