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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Love, Brian Taylor
Author's Email Address brian.t.love@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-03252009-233700
Title The Design, Implementation and Performance of the PHENIX Time-of-Flight West Detector
Degree Master of Science
Department Physics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Julia Velkovska Committee Chair
Charles Maguire Committee Member
  • MRPC
  • Multi-Gap Resistive Plate Chamber
  • Timing resolution
  • High transverse momentum
  • Particle identification
  • Time of flight
  • RHIC
  • High energy
  • Nuclear physics
  • Relativistic heavy ion
Date of Defense 2009-05-26
Availability unrestricted
The topic of this thesis is the design, implementation and performance of the PHENIX Time-of-Flight West (TOFW) subsystem, a high transverse momentum (pT ) particle identification (PID) detector based on Multi-Gap Resistive Plate Chamber (MRPC) technology. The method of time-of-flight PID is presented. The design characteristics of the MRPC, the layout of the detector subsystem, as well as the data acquisition, data production and calibration processes are described. With an intrinsic timing resolution of σ = 70 ps in the TOFW, and in conjunction with an Aerogel Cherenkov detector and Ring Imaging Cherenkov detector, pion, kaon, and proton identification is achieved up to pT = 9 GeV/c.

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