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    Mapping the material in the LHCb vertex locator using secondary hadronic interactions


    Alexander, M, Barter, W, Bay, A, Bel, LJ, Van Beuzekom, M, Bogdanova, G, Borghi, S, Bowcock, TJ, Buchanan, E, Buytaert, J, Akiba, KC, Chen, S, Coco, V, Collins, P, Crocombe, A, Marinho, FDC, Dall'Occo, E, De Capua, S, Dean, CT, Dettori, F, Dossett, D, Dreimanis, K, Dujany, G, Eklund, L, Evans, T, Ferro-Luzzi, M, Gersabeck, M, Gershon, T, Hadavizadeh, T, Harrison, J, Hennessy, K, Hulsbergen, W, Hutchcroft, D, Ilten, P, Jans, E, John, M, Kopciewicz, P, Koppenburg, P, Lafferty, G, Latham, T & others 2018, ‘Mapping the material in the LHCb vertex locator using secondary hadronic interactions’. Journal of Instrumentation, vol 13.


    Precise knowledge of the location of the material in the LHCb vertex locator (VELO) is essential to reducing background in searches for long-lived exotic particles, and in identifying jets that originate from beauty and charm quarks. Secondary interactions of hadrons produced in beam-gas collisions are used to map the location of material in the VELO. Using this material map, along with properties of a reconstructed secondary vertex and its constituent tracks, a p-value can be assigned to the hypothesis that the secondary vertex originates from a material interaction. A validation of this procedure is presented using photon conversions to dimuons.

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