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The DIRC-like time-of-flight detector (FTOF) is a ring imaging Cherenkov counter designed to improve the charged particle identification on the forward side of SuperB. Here we review the main characteristics of this device, summarize the results of a prototype test done last year in the SLAC Cosmic Ray Telescope and present the future steps needed to build the FTOF.
We present a progress status of a new concept of PID detector called FDIRC, intended to be used at the SuperB experiment, which requires π/K separation up to a few GeV/c. The new photon camera is made of the solid fused-silica optics with a volume 25× smaller and speed increased by a factor of 10 compared to the BaBar DIRC, and therefore will be much less sensitive to electromagnetic and neutron background.
An overview of the electronics chains for the two charged particle identification (PID) detectors of the SuperB experiment is presented. The PID group is designing different detectors for the barrel (FDIRC) and forward (FTOF) regions. Both are based on time measurements, respectively in the 100 ps and 10 ps rms resolution domains.
An overview of ongoing studies on the Hamamatsu H-8500 Multi-Anode Photomultiplier (MaPMT) is presented. This device will be used for the FDIRC Particle Identification Detector (PID) of the SuperB experiment. The H-8500 MaPMT has been chosen for its excellent single photon timing capabilities and its highly pixilated design. Results on timing studies, gain uniformity, single photoelectron detection efficiency uniformity and cross-talk are presented.
This report describes the present status of the detector design for SuperB. It is one of four separate progress reports that, taken collectively, describe progress made on the SuperB Project since the publication of the SuperB Conceptual Design Report in 2007 and the Proceedings of SuperB Workshop VI in Valencia in 2008. The other three reports relate to Physics, Accelerator and Computing.
The physics objectives of SuperB, an asymmetric electron-positron collider with a luminosity above 10^36/cm^2/s are described, together with the conceptual design of a novel low emittance design that achieves this performance with wallplug power comparable to that of the current B Factories, and an upgraded detector capable of doing the physics in the SuperB environment.
We present a measurement of the average multiplicity of $\phi$ mesons in $B^0$, $\kern 0.18em\bar{\kern -0.18em B}{}^0$ and $B^\pm$ meson decays. Using $17.6 fb^{-1}$ of data taken at the $\Upsilon{(4S)}\xspace$ resonance by the {\slshape B\kern-0.1em{\smaller A}\kern-0.1em B\kern-0.1em{\smaller A\kern-0.2em R}} detector at the PEP-II $e^+e^-\xspace$ storage ring at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, we reconstruct $\phi$ mesons in the $K^+K^-$ decay mode and measure ${\cal{B}}(B\to \phi X) = (3.41\pm0.06\pm0.12)%$. This is significantly more precise than any previous measurement.
We present a study of the decay B- -> D*0 K*- based on a sample of 86 million Upsilon(4S) -> BBbar decays collected between 1999 and 2002 with the BaBar detector at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy B-Factory at SLAC. We measure the branching fraction B(B- -> D*0 K*-) = 8.3 +/- 1.1 (stat)} +/- 1.0 (syst) x 10e-4, and the fraction of longitudinal polarization in this decay to be GammaL/Gamma = 0.86 +/- 0.06 +/- (stat) +/- 0.03 (syst).
We present evidence for the flavor-changing neutral current decay $B\to K^*\ell^+\ell^-$ and a measurement of the branching fraction for the related process $B\to K\ell^+\ell^-$, where $\ell^+\ell^-$ is either an $e^+e^-$ or $\mu^+\mu^-$ pair. These decays are highly suppressed in the Standard Model, and they are sensitive to contributions from new particles in the intermediate state. The data sample comprises $123\times 10^6$ $\Upsilon(4S)\to B\bar{B}$ decays collected with the Babar detector at the PEP-II $e^+e^-$ storage ring. Averaging over $K^{(*)}$ isospin and lepton flavor, we obtain the branching fractions ${\mathcal B}(B\to K\ell^+\ell^-)=(0.65^{+0.14}_{-0.13}\pm 0.04)\times 10^{-6}$ and ${\mathcal B}(B\to K^*\ell^+\ell^-)=(0.88^{+0.33}_{-0.29}\pm 0.10)\times 10^{-6}$, where the uncertainties are statistical and systematic, re...
We have studied the B^+/- --> J/psi pi^+/- and B^+/- --> J/psi K^+/- decays using a 20.7 fb-1 data set collected with the BABAR detector. We observe a signal of 51+/-10 B^+/- --> J/psi pi^+/- events and determine the ratio BF(B^+/- --> J/psi pi^+/-)/BF(B^+/- --> J/psi K^+/-) to be [3.91 +/- 0.78 (stat.) +/- 0.19 (syst.)]%. The CP-violating charge asymmetries for the B^+/- --> J/psi pi^+/- and B^+/- --> J/psi K^+/- decays are determined to be A_pi = 0.01 +/- 0.22 (stat.) +/- 0.01 (syst.) and A_K = 0.003 +/- 0.030 (stat.) +/- 0.004 (syst.).
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