LHCb Upgrade: Beyond the Energy Frontier

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Physics

Abstract

LHCb is a particle physics experiment operating at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. It is the world's leading physics experiment in its field and has a unique capability to explore physics beyond the Standard Model. LHCb's main aim is to search for new physics beyond the Standard Model through precision tests of matter anti-matter asymmetries (CP violation) and rare decays of particles containing beauty and charm quarks. The experiment also has world-class programmes in other areas due to its unique design and coverage of an angular region closer to the beams that at the other main LHC experiments.

The opportunity now exists to dramatically increase the reach of LHCb's programme and to widen its physics profile. The UK groups propose to lead the upgrade of the VELO (Vertex Locator), the most precise vertex detector at the LHC, and LHCb's unique RICH (Ring Imaging Cherenkov) particle identification (PID) system. A programme of physics performance studies, computing, reconstruction software and trigger algorithm development, and involvement in a new scintillating fibre tracker complements this work.

Planned Impact

The LHCb Upgrade offers strategic economic impact opportunities for UK Industry through the two major UK-led detectors (VELO, RICH), the novel scintillating fibre technology, and the DAQ and computing farm. External benefits include the development of novel pixel and cooling technology applicable to cancer treatment, molecular microscopy, light sources and fusion centres, and photon detectors applicable to medical imaging and positron emission tomography. The construction project has strong training opportunities for PhD students. LHCb-UK also has an enviable track record in public outreach through media, talks, exhibits and science festivals. A major exhibition on the theme of anti-matter will be sought for use at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition, and use at regional science museums.

Publications

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Akiba K (2015) Probing active-edge silicon sensors using a high precision telescope in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

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Francisco O (2015) Evaporative CO 2 microchannel cooling for the LHCb VELO pixel upgrade in Journal of Instrumentation

 
Description The grant is to design and construct and preparing for the LHCb upgrade. The experiment will measure CP violation and rare heavy flavour decays. The grant is for the construction of the Ring Imaging Cherenkov detectors (RICH) and associated electronics, responsible for particle identification of the experiment. It is also for construction of the silicon microvertex detector (VELO). The design of the RICH and VELO are underway and proceeding to Engineering Design Reviews. Work is in progress.
Exploitation Route Development of multianode photomultiplier tubes in collaboration with Hamamatsu.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Other

 
Description The grant is to design and construct and preparing for the LHCb upgrade. The experiment will measure CP violation and rare heavy flavour decays. The grant is for the construction of the Ring Imaging Cherenkov detectors (RICH) and associated electronics, responsible for particle identification of the experiment. The design of the RICH is underway and proceeding to Engineering Design Reviews. Work is in progress.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description LHCb upgrade additional funding
Amount £199,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ST/P003419/1 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 03/2020