The PANDA Detector Control System (DCS) has the purpose to monitor and control all the experimental equipment of the PANDA detector.
It shall ensure the safe and efficient operation of the PANDA experiment and contribute to the collection of high-quality data.
Building a DCS requires the cooperation of both DCS experts and experts from the individual PANDA subsystems. Therefore, this TDR explains the underlying concepts of the PANDA DCS, illustrates the main software choices and provides several examples from PANDA subsystem for the DCS on the subsystem level. Information on the design of the DCS of a particular subsystem can be found in the corresponding TDR and other publications of this subsystem.
To study rare processes, such as the formation of exotic particles, the PANDA experiment has been set up. To process the large dataflow, the subsystems preprocess the data. One example is the algorithm to search online for clusters in the data of the calorimeter, developed in this thesis. Due to the high interaction rates, the time is important. Optima have been determined to assign the data to (time)bunches (257, 97, and 15 ns) and hits to clusters (282, 122, and 40 ns), for interaction rates of 200 kHz and less, 2 MHz, and 20 MHz, respectively, and each hit must have a minimal energy of 3 MeV. Using these optima, the efficiencies for the investigated two- and seven-photon channels are 70-80% and 9-20%, respectively, depending on the interaction rate. In addition, it was investigated if the algorithm can run on the readout system, making use of the processing power in the data concentrators and the nodes in the data collection network. This was found to be possible, and, furthermore, the processing time using this approach is much lower. An important note to the efficiencies is that there were problems in creating the time stamps for the hits, which may cause the obtained results to deviate from reality. In addition, another step needs to be added to the reconstruction, where the event selection takes place, to determine the final efficiencies. It is recommended to proceed with the development of the cluster finding algorithm, as it delivers good performance at low costs.
Submitted by mu.schmidt on Thu, 27/09/2018 - 22:55.
The Endcap Disc DIRC has been developed to provide an excellent particle identification
for the future PANDA experiment by separating pions and kaons up to a momentum of 4 GeV/c with
a separation power of 3 standard deviations in the polar angle region from 5 ◦ to 22 ◦ . This goal will
be achieved using dedicated particle identification algorithms based on likelihood methods and will
be applied in an offline analysis and online event filtering. This paper evaluates the resulting PID
performance using Monte-Carlo simulations to study basic single track PID as well as the analysis
of complex physics channels. The online reconstruction algorithm has been tested with a Virtex4
FGPA card and optimized regarding the resulting constraints.