Design and construction of the fast photon detection system for COMPASS RICH-1

P. Abbon, M. Alexeev, H. Angerer, R. Birsa, P. Bordalo, F. Bradamante, A. Bressan, M. Chiosso, P. Ciliberti, M. Colantoni, T. Dafni, S. Dalla Torre, E. Delagnes, O. Denisov, H. Deschamps, V. Diaz, N. Dibiase, V. Duic, W. Eyrich, A. FerreroM. Finger, M. Finger, H. Fischer, S. Gerassimov, M. Giorgi, B. Gobbo, R. Hagemann, D. von Harrach, F. H. Heinsius, R. Joosten, B. Ketzer, V. N. Kolosov, K. Königsmann, I. Konorov, D. Kramer, F. Kunne, A. Lehmann, S. Levorato, A. Maggiora, A. Magnon, A. Mann, A. Martin, G. Menon, A. Mutter, O. Nähle, F. Nerling, D. Neyret, D. Panzieri, S. Paul, G. Pesaro, C. Pizzolotto, J. Polak, P. Rebourgeard, F. Robinet, E. Rocco, P. Schiavon, C. Schill, P. Schoenmeier, W. Schröder, L. Silva, M. Slunecka, F. Sozzi, L. Steiger, M. Sulc, M. Svec, S. Takekawa, F. Tessarotto, A. Teufel, H. Wollny

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New photon detectors, based on the use of multi-anode photo-multiplier tubes coupled to individual lens telescopes and read out with a dedicated read-out electronics system, equip the central region of the Cherenkov imaging counter RICH-1 of the COMPASS experiment at CERN SPS. They are characterised by high photon yield, fast response and high rate capability and are successfully in operation since the 2006 COMPASS data taking. The photon detection system fully matches the expected performance. The design and construction of the photon detectors are described in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-37
Number of pages17
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 21 Apr 2010


  • Multi-anode photo-multiplier
  • Particle identification
  • Quartz lens telescope
  • RICH


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