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Prototype Tests and Construction of the Hadron Blind Detector for the PHENIX Experiment

Dept. of Phys., Brookhaven Nat. Lab., Upton, NY
DOI: 10.1109/NSSMIC.2006.354195 Conference: Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2006. IEEE, Volume: 3
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ABSTRACT A Hadron Blind Detector (HBD) has been constructed as part of the detector upgrade program for the PHENIX experiment at RHIC. The HBD is a proximity focused windowless Cherenkov detector operated with pure CF4 that will be used to detect single and double electrons in relativistic heavy ion collisions and provide additional rejection power against Dalitz pairs and photon conversions. The detector consists of a 50 cm long radiator directly coupled to a set of triple GEM detectors equipped with CsI photocathodes to detect UV photons produced by electrons emitting Cherenkov light. A full scale prototype of the HBD was built and tested in order to study its performance under beam conditions. Tests with the prototype demonstrated good separation between electrons and hadrons using pulse height discrimination and cluster size. The final detector has now been constructed and installed in PHENIX and is presently undergoing commissioning in preparation for its first round of data taking during the next heavy ion run at RHIC. Results of the beam test of the prototype, as well as on the construction and initial testing of the final detector, are presented in this paper.

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