A facility for the test of large-area muon chambers at high rates

S. Agosteo, S. Altieri, G. Belli, A. Bonifas, V. Carabelli, L. Gatignon, N. Hessey, M. Maggi, J. P. Peigneux, H. Reithler, M. Silari, P. Vitulo, M. Wegner

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Operation of large-area muon detectors at the future Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be characterized by large sustained hit rates over the whole area, reaching the range of kHz cm-2. We describe a dedicated test zone built at CERN to test the performance and the aging of the muon chambers currently under development. A radioactive source delivers photons causing the sustained rate of random hits, while a narrow beam of high-energy muons is used to directly calibrate the detector performance. A system of remotely controlled lead filters serves to vary the rate of photons over four orders of magnitude, to allow the study of performance as a function of rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-104
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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