Alignment of the LHCb vertex locator

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    LHCb will commence data taking as the first dedicated heavy flavour experiment at a hadron collider in 2008. A very high hit precision from its vertex detector (vertex locator, VELO) is essential to meet the tight requirements of vertex reconstruction in B-physics. The single hit precision of the VELO is better than 10 μ m. However, the VELO is operated only 8 mm from the beam and must be retracted and reinserted each LHC fill. Hence, the detector places unique demands on its alignment algorithm. The partially assembled VELO system has already been tested in a beam test. The novel software alignment methods are presented together with their interplay with the metrology measurements. Results from Monte Carlo simulation studies are discussed and recent beam test results are shown that prove the method's precision at the micron level. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-74
    Number of pages3
    JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


    • Alignment
    • LHCb
    • Millepede
    • VELO


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