The silicon vertex tracker of NA60

Károly Banicz, Rossano Atzeni, André David, Michele Floris, Johann Heuser, Markus Keil, Carlos Lourenço, Hiroaki Ohnishi, Ernst Radermacher, Ruben Shahoyan, Gianluca Usai

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The NA60 experiment at CERN studies the production of open charm and prompt dimuons in collisions of high energy protons or heavy ions with target nuclei. The physics program relies on the precise measurement of the charged particles' positions and momenta at the vertex. Tracking starts already a few centimeters away from the target in a radiation tolerant silicon detector placed in a 2.5 T dipole magnetic field. During several weeks of running in 2003 and 2004, this vertex tracker was exposed to high levels of inhomogeneously distributed radiation. In this paper we describe the construction, operation and performance of this novel, LHC-era detector.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record -Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventNuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2005 IEEE - , Puerto Rico
Duration: 2005 Oct 232005 Oct 29

Publication series

NameIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
ISSN (Print)1095-7863


OtherNuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2005 IEEE
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico


  • Heavy ion
  • Radiation damage
  • Silicon detector
  • Tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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