Modular Ring Imaging Cherenkov Detector (mRICH)

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The goal of the modular aerogel RICH (mRICH) is to provide hadronic PID capability with momentum coverage from 3 to 10 GeV/c with a compact design in order to overcome the space limitations of the EIC experiments. Although the multi-layer proximity-focusing RICH design, such as ARICH at BELLE2, can achieve three-sigma K/π separation at 4 GeV/c, a larger expansion volume is required for PID in higher momentum range.

A multi-layer proximity-focusing RICH design increases PID separation power by increasing number of detected photons (Nγ) by adding successive layers of radiator while keeping the uncertainty of Cherenkov angle (σ_θ) of single photon measurement. In contrast, the novel lens-based mRICH design improves the separation power by minimizing the uncertainty σ_θ as a result of lens focusing, and requires a smaller coverage of the photosensor plane.

Detector Design

Modular RICH detector consist of a block of aerogel as a radiator, a Fresnel lens, a set of four-sided mirror, and a sensor plane. When charged particle passes through the aerogel, it will emit Cherenkov photons in a cone shape. These Cherenkov photons will be focused by the Fresnel lens on the sensor plane, and form a shape ring image.

Single 9 GeV/c pion simulation
Single 9 GeV/c pion simulation
Figure 1.1 (a). Modular RICH detector in GEMC simulation Figure 1.1 (b). Single 9 GeV/c pion simulation

There are two advantages of the lens-based design. Firstly, the ring image is smaller and thinner because of the focusing of lens (see figure 1.2 and 1.3). Secondly, in the case that charged particle travelling parallel but off the longitudinal axis (that is, the optical principal of lens), ring image will be shifted to the central area of the sensor plane (see figure 1.4 and 1.5). Therefore, the lens-based design enhances detector PID performance, while lowers the required sensor plane area per ring.

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Figure 1.2. Lens focusing gives thinner Cherenkov ring image compare to BELLE-2 ARICH design (below)
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Figure 1.3. BELL-2 ARICH design a double layer proximity focusing RICH detector. By using two different refractive indices aerogel block, in order to increase number of photons detected while keeping uncertainty of single photon measurement.
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Figure 1.4. When the charge particle incident along the z-axis of the detector, Cherenkov ring image from the incident particle will be shifted to the central area of the sensor plane, resulting fewer photon loss, and reduce image distortion.
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Figure 1.5. Cherenkov ring image from particles that are incident at the third quadrant of the detector.

Fisrt Prototype and Beam Test

First Prototype

First mRICH prototype
Figure 2.1. First mRICH prototype
Component Property
Detector holder box acrylic
Aerogel refractive index=1.03
Fresnel lens spheric acrylic Fresnel lens. focal length=3"
Mirror set
Sensor HAMAMATSU 8500 PMT array. Pixel size=6×6mm

First Beam Test

Beam test set up at Fermilab Test Beam Mtest Facility for the first modular RICH prototype detector is shown in the picture below. The detector (black box) sit at the center of a aluminium frame. On both ends of the aluminium frame are hodoscopes. Each hodoscopes consist of four horizon finger-size (1cm x 1cm) scintillators, and four vertical finger-size scintillators. On the far right of the aluminium frame was trigger paddle. The beam was coming from right to left of the picture.

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Figure 3.1. Beam test set up at Fermilab Test Beam Mtest Facility for the first modular RICH prototype detector.

Accumulated hit maps from test beam data (right) and simulation (left) are shown in figure (3.2) and (3.3).

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Figure 3.2. Test beam (left) and simulation (right) results from 120 GeV/c proton beam hit perpendicularly at the center of detector xy plane
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Figure 3.3. Test beam (left) and simulation (right) results from 120 GeV/c proton beam hit perpendicularly at the 3rd quadrant of detector xy plane.

Second Prototype

Optimized Detector Design

In order to enhance detector PID performance, the next mRICH prototype will use a longer focal length (6") Fresnel lens, and smaller pixel size (3mm × 3mm) photon sensors. Furthermore, the readout electronics will be separated from the optical components to avoid overheating.

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Figure 3.1. (left) 3D drawing of the second mRICH prototype. (right) construction of the second mRICH prototype.
Component Property
Detector holder box Aluminum
Aerogel refractive index=1.03
Fresnel lens spheric acrylic Fresnel lens. focal length=6"
Mirror set
Sensor HAMAMATSU 13700 PMT array. Pixel size=3×3mm

Projected Detector Performance of Next mRICH Prototype

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Figure 3.2. (Right) Projected K/pi separation power of modular RICH detector obtained from simulation using 6" focal length Fresnel lens with different pixel size photon sensors. K/pi separation power of second mRICH prototype is shown in green dots. (Left) Projected e/pi separation power of second modular RICH prototype. These plots indicates that with the second prototype design, the mRICH prototype can acheive 3-sigma of K/pi separation and e/pi separation up to 8 GeV/c and 2 GeV/c, respectively.

mRICH Detector System Simulation

  • mRICH detector system in sPHENIX/ePHENIX. The detector system which contains 284 modules of mRICH, covers 1.0 to 2.0 rapidity.
    mRICH in ePHENIX
    Event display of 10 negative pion tracks (view from down stream) from simulation. An enlarged view is shown on the left.
    mRICH system in ePHENIX
  • mRICH detector system in JLEIC.
    mRICH in JLEIC