The LHCb upstream tracker upgrade

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The LHCb experiment is a forward spectrometer at the Large Hadron Collider designed to study the decays of beauty and charm hadrons. During the recently concluded data taking, it produced a vast amount of data, in flavor physics and in additional physics topics that take advantage of the forward acceptance of the LHCb experiment. In the LHC's second long shutdown, a major upgrade of the LHCb detector is being installed and commissioned. The upgraded detector will take data at higher luminosity and will implement a flexible software trigger that requires all the detector components to push out their information at 40 MHz. The Upstream Tracker is a new silicon strip detector placed upstream of the LHCb bending magnet, composed of four planes of silicon microstrip detectors mounted on both sides of vertical structures called staves, providing mechanical support and CO2 evaporative cooling. Four different silicon sensor designs are used to handle the varying occupancy over the detector acceptance. A dedicated front-end ASIC, the SALT chip, provides pulse shaping with fast baseline restoration, digitization via 6-bit ADCs, and digital signal processing providing pedestal and common-mode noise subtraction as well as zero-suppression. Near detector electronics implements the transformation to optical signals that are transmitted to the remote data acquisition system and regulates low-voltage power distribution. In this contribution, the performance of the individual detector components is reviewed, with particular emphasis on studies of the sensor-SALT hybrid modules and instrumented staves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - 2019
Event28th International Workshop on Vertex Detectors, Vertex 2019 - Lopud, Croatia
Duration: Oct 13 2019Oct 18 2019

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