In Run7 of RHIC the PHENIX experiment operated a Time-of-Flight detector based on Multi-Gap Resistive Plate Chambers. The detector covers an area of 8 m^2 in the PHENIX West arm spectrometer and together with the previously installed Aerogel Cherenkov Counters (ACC) completes the high-pT particle identification (PID) upgrade in PHENIX. Intrinsic detector timing resolution of σt 80 ps has been achieved, which allows for 4 σ π/K separation up to pT 3 GeV/c and K/p separation up to pT 5 GeV/c. Combined with ACC, the new detector system provides seamless PID for π/K/p in the range 0.2< pT< 9 GeV/c. The PID for resonances has been extended to even higher ( > 10 GeV/c ) pT. The track-by-track identification with increased angular coverage allows for jet correlation measurements with PID in both the near side and away side jet cones. Jets have been shown to be significantly modified in heavy ion collisions at RHIC when compared to the p+p reference data. Identified particle measurements at high pT are a key to understanding the underlying jet suppression mechanisms. The MRPC-TOF performance and the extended physics capabilities of PHENIX will be discussed.
APS Division of Nuclear Physics Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- October 2007