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INSTRUMENTS-METHODS-34 The Pretrigger System for the Transition Radiation Detector in ALICE

By B. Dönigus, P. Braun-munzinger, O. Busch, M. De Gaspari, K. Oyama, K. Schweda, J. Stachel, R. Wagner and S. Zimmer


identifies electrons in the central barrel with momenta above 1 GeV/c by using their transition radiation emitted when crossing the boundary between materials with different dielectric constants. Furthermore the TRD provides fast (6 µs) triggering capability for high transverse momentum (pT> 3 GeV/c) charged particles. During data taking, the TRD electronics requires an early wake up signal from the forward detectors and/or the fast time of flight (TOF) detector. This wake up signal is called pretrigger [2]. The delay for the pretrigger is 700 ns from the interaction up to the arrival at the front-end electronics which corresponds to an arrival of the L0 of the central trigger processor (CTP) of above 900 ns. This means the electronics can process 2 presamples, since the electronics use

Year: 2010
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