PANDA is an experiment at the new FAIR facility at GSI and will, among other physics goals,
perform charmonium spectroscopy and search for gluonic excitations using high luminosity antiproton
beams up to 15 GeV/c. A high performance particle identification system applying DIRC
detectors will allow pion/kaon separation up to 4 GeV/c. A Barrel DIRC with fused silica radiator
bars or plates will surround the target at a radial distance of 48 cm and will cover a polar
angle range of 22 to 140 degrees; a novel Endcap Disk DIRC built of a segmented fused silica
disk of 210 cm diameter will be installed in the forward region to cover the polar angles from
5 to 22 degrees. The design of the optics and the readout of both DIRCs will be presented in
this paper. Different prototypes were tested in particle beams. The performance of the latest prototypes,
which are close to the final DIRC design, are discussed and compared to the PANDA
DIRC Cherenkov detectors will be the main devices for pi/K separation at the PANDA experiment at
FAIR. Due to their advantageous properties in terms of time resolution and especially inside magnetic
fields micro-channel plate photo multipliers (MCP-PMTs) are very attractive sensor candidates. In this
paper we present the investigation of several types of multi-anode MCP-PMTs. The darkcount rate, the
behavior inside a magnetic field of up to 2 T, the time resolution, the gain homogeneity and crosstalk of
multi-pixel MCP-PMTs were found to be well suitable for the PANDA requirements. Even the rate
capability of the latest models from Burle-Photonis and Hamamatsu is satisfactory. Although a big step
forward was accomplished with these recently available MCP-PMTs, the lifetime is still not sufficient for
the photon densities expected for the PANDA DIRCs.
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Proceedings of CHEP2013 - In 2018 data taking for hadronphysics facility PANDA is planned to commence. It will be build at the antiproton accelerator HESR, which itself is a part of the FAIR complex (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany). The luminosity at PANDA will be measured by a dedicated subdetector, which will register scattered antiproton tracks from ̄pp elastic scattering. From a software point of view, the Luminosity Detector is a tracking system. Therefore the most of its offline software parts are typical for a track reconstruction. The basic concept and Monte Carlo based performance studies of each reconstruction step is presented in this paper.
The PANDA experiment at the new Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR)
at GSI, Darmstadt, will study fundamental questions of hadron physics and QCD using
high-intensity cooled antiproton beams with momenta between 1.5 and 15 GeV/c.
Efficient Particle Identification (PID) for a wide momentum range and the full solid angle
is required for reconstructing the various physics channels of the PANDA program.
Hadronic PID in the barrel region of the detector will be provided by a DIRC (Detection of
Internally Reflected Cherenkov light) counter.
The design is based on the successful BABAR DIRC with important improvements, such as
focusing optics and fast photon timing.
Several of these improvements, including different radiator geometries and optics, were tested
in particle beams at GSI and at CERN.
We will discuss the design and performance of the prototypes in the 2011 and 2012 test beam
The charged particle identification in the barrel region of the detector in the future FAIR facility at GSI is planned with a very thin Cherenkov detector using the DIRC principle. Due to a very compact design of the barrel DIRC with focusing optics, the reconstruction of the Cherenkov angle is quite challenging. In this contribution, the possible reconstruction algorithm of the barrel DIRC will be discussed, with emphasis on the possibility to include the DIRC in the trigger decision and the correction of the chromatic dispersion with fast timing information.