CDC Backgrounds

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Detector Configuration

  • Geometry as of January 15, 2007
  • Double-Hit Resolution: 250 ns
  • Threshold: 1 keV
  • Maximum Number of Hits (per Event): 100

Items for Discussion

  • Should stereo geometry be so noticeable in background rate? If the noise source is far upstream, then stereo straws will present a large cross section to the noise source than axial straws.

You can check this by plotting the total energy deposition per straw vs layer number, instead of the hit rate. If the enhancement in the stereo layers is just due to background tracks running along the field lines then it should disappear in the energy plot, because the same energy is just concentrated in fewer straws in the straight layers than in the stereo ones. In the bottom two plots below I show the unweighted (agrees with Matt's plot) and energy-weighted straw hit distributions. As predicted, the energy-weighted distribution shows no enhancement in the stereo layers. This demonstrates that the effect is due to charged particle background preferentially traveling parallel to the magnetic field lines. [rtj]

  • There seems to be something wrong with CDC layer 18. Is this just a bug in the geometry or something else?

This was a bug in the hdds geometry, due to a typographical error in the xml source document. The fix has been checked into the central repository. [rtj]


The average background rate per straw in Hz as a function of ring number in the CDC.
A double-log plot of the energy of all hits in the CDC. The spectrum cuts off at 1 keV due to the GEANT threshold.
The integral of the energy spectrum above. Plotted on the y axis is the fraction of the spectrum above the corresponding x axis cutoff.
A repeat of the calculation by Matt (see top figure above) showing the background rates in the CDC straws versus ring number at nominal GlueX running intensity of 10^{8} tags/s. This plot shows the same enhanced rates in the stereo layers as was observed by Matt.
The same CDC hit data as shown in the above plot, but weighted this time by the energy of the hit. If the stereo layer enhancement just comes from tracks moving along the field lines going through several stereo straws then the stereo layers should not stand out in this plot. They do not, so the enhancement can be understood in this way.