I held this talk at the conference in September (at the same time as our collaboration meeting). Stefano gave his OK for the slides.
Actual abstract of my application:
The PANDA experiment (antiProton ANnihilation at DArmstadt) is a new hadron physics experiment currently being built at FAIR, Darmstadt (Germany). PANDA will study fixed-target collisions of phase space-cooled antiprotons of 1.5 to 15 GeV/c momentum with protons and nuclei at a rate of 20 million events per second.
To distinguish between background and signal events, PANDA will utilize a novel data acquisition mechanism. Instead of relying on fast hardware-level triggers initiating data recording, PANDA uses a sophisticated software-based event filtering scheme involving the reconstruction of the whole incoming data stream in realtime. A massive amount of computing power is needed in order to sufficiently reduce the incoming data rate of 200 GB/s to 3 PB/year for permanent storage and further offline analysis.
An important part of the experiment's online event filter is online tracking, giving the base for higher-level discrimination algorithms. To cope with PANDA's high data rate, we explore the feasibility of using GPUs for online tracking.
This talk presents the status of the three algorithms currently investigated for PANDA's GPU-based online tracking; a Hough transform, a track finder based on Riemann paraboloids, and a novel algorithm called the Triplet Finder. Their performances and different optimizations are shown. Currently having a processing time of 20 µs per event, the Triplet Finder in particular is a promising algorithm making online tracking on GPUs feasible for PANDA.
The PANDA experiment is one of the pillars of the future Facility for
Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) in Darmstadt, Germany. The PANDA
physics program is focused on answering fundamental questions related to
Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), mostly in the non-perturbative energy
regime. Spectroscopy exploiting D-mesons and Λ c -baryons that are com-
posed of a heavy charm valence quark and one or two light valence quarks
is an integral part of the PANDA physics program. Such systems can sys-
tematically provide information on various key features of QCD, such as
heavy-quark symmetry, chiral symmetry breaking, and the nature of exotic
states. In this work, the experimental feasibility of studying the production
mechanisms of associative open-charm hadrons in antiproton-proton anni-
hilations is investigated using Monte Carlo simulations. We present results
obtained for the channels p ̄ + p → D 0 D ̄ 0 and p ̄ + p → Λ + Λ − ,
highlighting the detector performances (efficiencies and resolutions) and the statistical
significance that can be achieved with the foreseen luminosities.
Using Antiprotons for High Precision Studies of Hadrons
Recently, after decades of slow progress, numerous facilities worldwide have observed a large number of new hadronic states, some of them with very unusual properties. This includes clear evidence for the existence of exotic hadronic states, i.e. states that can not be reduced to either a simple meson or baryon description. Despite this great advance, the nature of many of these states remains debated. One potentially decisive approach to determine the nature of some of these states is to perform high precision measurements of their lineshape. Such lineshape measurements will be performed using the high intensity, phase space cooled antiproton beam of the High Energy Storage Ring at FAIR. By exploiting kinematic constraints that are available in both resonance and threshold scans, well over an order of magnitude higher precision results will be obtained compared to other facilities. These measurements will be performed by the PANDA experiment, which is a multipurpose detector for a wide range of final states from antiproton annihilation reactions in the charm quark mass range. In addition to precision measurements of exotic hadronic states, PANDA has a fascinating program ranging from (but not limited to) time-like studies of nucleon structure, spectroscopy of open charm mesons, as well multi-strange and charm baryons, to the in-medium properties of charm mesons and spectroscopy of (double)-Lambda hypernuclei.
This talk will present the physics reach of PANDA and the status for the detector construction.