TORCH: A Cherenkov Based Time-of-Flight Detector

Brook, N.H. et al. (2014) TORCH: A Cherenkov Based Time-of-Flight Detector. In: TIPP 2014: Technology and Instrumentation in Particle Physics Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2-6 June 2014,

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TORCH is a novel high-precision time-of-flight detector suitable for large area applications and covering the momentum range up to 10 GeV/c. The concept uses Cherenkov photons produced in a fused silica radiator which are propagated to focussing optics coupled to fast photodetectors. For this purpose, custom MCP-PMTs are being produced in collaboration with industrial partners. The development is divided into three phases. Phase 1 addresses the lifetime requirements for TORCH, Phase 2 will customize the MCP-PMT granularity and Phase 3 will deliver prototypes that meet the TORCH requirements. Phase 1 devices have been successfully delivered and initial tests show stable gain performance for integrated anode current >5 C/cm2 and a single photon time resolution of ≤ 30 ps. Initial simulations indicate the single photon timing resolution of the TORCH detector will be ∼70 ps.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cowie, Dr Euan
Authors: Brook, N.H., Cowie, E.N., Cussans, D., Van Dijk, M.W.U., Castillo-Garcia, L., D’Ambrosio, C., Forty, R., Frei, C., Gys, T., Piedigross, D., Gao, R., and Harnew, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
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