LHCb Upgrade: Beyond the Energy Frontier

Lead Research Organisation: University of Glasgow
Department Name: School of Physics and Astronomy

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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Aaij R (2014) Performance of the LHCb Vertex Locator in Journal of Instrumentation

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Bates R (2017) High speed electrical transmission line design and characterization in Journal of Instrumentation

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Eklund L (2016) The LHCb VELO Upgrade in Nuclear and Particle Physics Proceedings

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Eklund L (2016) Physics benchmarks of the VELO upgrade in Journal of Instrumentation

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Unno Y (2014) Development of n+-in-p large-area silicon microstrip sensors for very high radiation environments - ATLAS12 design and initial results in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

 
Description Development of high-speed data links (up to 12 GSamples/sec) for the upgraded VELO detector and developed opto-electrical boards for the readout of the upgraded VELO pixel detectors.
Exploitation Route High-speed data links can be used in many areas of industry and science.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology

 
Description Research has affected possibility of designing high speed data links and onto-electronic boards
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation Imperial College London
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Department Particle Physics Department
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Bristol
Department School of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved
 
Description LHCb Collaboration 
Organisation University of Warwick
Department Department of Physics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Collaborator Contribution All universities have co-developed the VELO and the RICH for LHCb and have worked on the physics exploitation of LHCb data.
Impact More than 200 publications have been achieved