Improved resistive plate chambers for HL-LHC upgrade of CMS

CMS muon group

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In view of the High Luminosity LHC, the CMS Muon system will be upgraded to sustain its efficient muon triggering and reconstruction performance. Resistive Plate Chambers (RPC) are dedicated detectors for muon triggering due to their excellent timing resolution. The RPC system will be extended up to 2.4 in pseudorapidity. Before the LHC Long Shutdown 3, new RE3/1 and RE4/1 stations of the forward Muon system will be equipped with improved Resistive Plate Chambers (iRPC) having, compared to the present RPC system, a different design and geometry and 2D strip readout. This advanced iRPC geometry configuration allows the rate capability to improve and hence survive the harsh background conditions during the HL-LHC phase. Several iRPC demonstrator chambers were installed in CMS during the recently completed 2nd Long Shutdown to study the detector behaviour under real LHC conditions. This paper summarizes the iRPC project and its schedule, including the status of the iRPC production sites, details of the chamber quality control procedures and results of the commissioning of the demonstrator chambers.

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  • CMS experiment
  • Gaseous detectors
  • Muon detection
  • Resistive plate chambers
  • Upgrade

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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