The PANDA detector at the international accelerator Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe (FAIR) in Darmstadt (Germany)
will address fundamental questions of hadron physics in high-energy antiproton collisions with fixed hydrogen and nuclear targets.
The PANDA Forward RICH (FRICH) is intended for identification of charged particles with forward polar angles below 5°–10°
and momenta from 3 to 15 GeV/c. PANDA FRICH will have a multilayer focusing aerogel radiator to achieve the required
resolution on Cherenkov angle. A set of precisely aligned flat mirrors will collect light on the multi-anode photomultipliers
which are located outside of the detector’s effective aperture. A baseline design of the PANDA Forward RICH is presented including results
of the full Monte-Carlo simulation, optical measurements and prototype beam tests.