Data acquisition techniques and development of testing equipment for the JLab Hall C 12 GeV kaon aerogel detector. Nathaniel Hlavin, Mike Metz. VSL Presentation. 19 August 2011. Outline. Brief Physics Motivation Data AcQuisition (DAQ) System Key component used for all tests Aerogel testing
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Nathaniel Hlavin, Mike Metz
19 August 2011
Brief Physics Motivation
Data AcQuisition (DAQ) System
Key component used for all tests
Large diameter photomultiplier tube (PMT) uniformity tests
PMT gain tests
To understand further what makes up a proton, we use Generalized Parton Distributions (GPD).
They combine the spatial and momentum distribution of the quarks into one concise chart. Below are some examples based on models. We seek experimental confirmation. “x” is the fraction of the momentum of the quark over the momentum of the proton
Above dotted Line: Hard Scattering Process (QCD)
We can calculate this.
Below Dotted Line: GPD. This is what we want.
A high-energy electron beam releases a photon of a very high frequency. The high-frequency allows us to observe objects with greater detail.
The interaction of the photon and proton (pictured “GPD” here) results in a neutron (pictured here with momentum p’) and a meson (for example a pion or a kaon). For our proposed experiment, the meson would be a kaon.
We are able to detect/calculate the portions of the diagram above to dotted line, and from them we can contsruct the GPD. However, the meson released must conform with the Quantum Chromo Dynamic (QCD) theory of quarks.
T. Horn et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 (2006) 192001.
T. Horn et al., arXiv:0707.1794 (2007).
We know how to calculate the hard or perturbative QCD model, but our data for the pion spatial quark distribution does not match the QCD prediction.
Further experimentation with the kaon could provide data that matches the QCD prediction. The dotted prediction seems to doubt it.
Matching data would enable GPD construction to reveal the proton substructure.
The 12 GeV upgrade allows for kaon production above a Q2 value of 1, and even higher into the hard QCD range.
A.P. Bakulev et al, Phys. Rev. D70 (2004)]
CODA 2.6 equipment for the JLab Hall C 12 GeV kaon aerogel detector
User == DAQ
[various modules, etc.]
Large Diameter PMTs may perhaps output varying signals dependnig on area of photocathode struck with light.
Necessary to investigate Uniformity
LED attached to a two-axis stepper motor setup
Scans 10x10 grid and measures gain at each point
Thanks to Jack Segal at JLab for technical support
Uniformity test setup
Data analysis application
Data analysis software ROOT used to fit curves to the data
Pedestal: trigger signals without PMT signal
Single-electron peak: charge output by the PMT when a single photoelectron is released