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FORCE 2009: High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb

English title FORCE 2009: High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb
Applicant Schneider Olivier
Number 125035
Funding scheme FORCE / CERN
Research institution Laboratoire de physique des hautes énergies 2 EPFL - SB - IPEP - LPHE2
Institution of higher education EPF Lausanne - EPFL
Main discipline Particle Physics
Start/End 01.04.2009 - 31.03.2010
Approved amount 350'000.00
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Keywords (10)

b quark; B mesons; heavy flavour; CP violation; CKM matrix; New Physics; LHCb; LHC; B physics; Standard Model

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
LHCb is an experiment designed for precise measurements of CP violation and rare B decays at the LHC collider at CERN. Its main physics aims are to elucidate the flavour structure in the quark sector, and hopefully observe signals from New Physics. LHCb is now ready to record LHC's first collisions and deploy its full physics program in the coming years. Our particle physics group in Lausanne, at EPFL's Laboratory for High-Energy Physics, has worked on LHCb since the beginning of the project in 1995, playing important roles in the leadership of the experiment. We have fulfilled our construction responsibilities, which included the development and construction of the common off-detector readout board TELL1 and of the readout electronics for the silicon vertex detector VELO, as well as the development and construction of the "Inner Tracker" detector in collaboration with other groups involved in LHCb's Silicon Tracker project (in particular that of Prof. U. Straumann at University of Zurich). During the year 2009-2010 we plan to establish a physics operation regime and focus on maintaining and improving the hardware components under our responsibility. Our objectives in this funding period are: (1) To replace a number of TELL1 boards suffering from production problems, and prepare for the production of a more powerful version of the boards. (2) Together with University of Zurich, to guarantee the reliable and performant operation of the Silicon Tracker. We request funds from FORCE for the first item above. Additional funding to support our involvement in the LHCb project, in particular for the commissioning and exploitation of the first physics data is covered by our SNSF grant 200020-119968.
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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
120262 FORCE 2008: Maintenance and operation for the LHC experiments at CERN 01.04.2008 FORCE / CERN
130218 FORCE 2010: High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.07.2010 FORCE / CERN
119967 FORCE 2008: High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.04.2008 FORCE / CERN
130045 Maintenance and Operation 2010 for the LHC experiments at CERN 01.04.2010 FORCE / CERN
119844 FORCE: Construction of the LHCb experiment 01.04.2008 FORCE / CERN
119967 FORCE 2008: High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.04.2008 FORCE / CERN
116726 FORCE 2007 - GRID Infrastructure for LHC Experiments 01.04.2007 FORCE / CERN
119968 High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.04.2008 Project funding
130202 High Precision CP Violation Physics at LHCb 01.04.2010 Project funding
127479 Particle Physics in the LHC Era 01.03.2010 ProDoc

Abstract

The LHCb experiment is designed for precise measurements of CP violation and rare B decays at the LHC collider at CERN. Its main physics aims are to elucidate the flavour structure in the quark sector and hopefully observe signals from New Physics. It is now ready to record LHC's first collisions and to deploy its full physics program as soon as the LHC delivers a luminosity of 2 10^32 cm^-2 s^-1.The particle physics group in Lausanne, now at EPFL's Laboratory forHigh-Energy Physics (LPHE), has worked on LHCb since the beginning of the project in 1995, playing important roles in the leadership of the experiment. The group has now fulfilled its main construction responsibilities, in particular:- Development and construction of the common readout board "TELL1''and of the electronics for LHCb's silicon vertex detector "VELO'';- Development and construction of the silicon "Inner Tracker'' detector, in collaboration with other institutes (in particular University of Zurich) involved in LHCb's Silicon Tracker project;- Contribution to the DAQ and High-Level Trigger hardware.During the year 2009-2010, the group plans to reach a stable physicsoperation regime and focus on maintaining and improving the hardwarecomponents under its responsibility. The objectives are:- To replace a number of TELL1 boards suffering from production problems, and prepare for the production of a more powerful version of the boards (named "TELL10'').- Together with University of Zurich, to guarantee the reliable and performant operation of the Silicon Tracker.Funds are requested from FORCE for the first item above. Additional funding to support the group's involvement in the LHCb project, in particular for the exploitation of the physics data is already covered by the current two-year SNSF grant.
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