ALICE TRD - Introduction

The Transition Radiation Detector (picture at right) is a component of the ALICE experiment, which studies the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP) produced in nucleus-nucleus collisions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC started colliding proton beams in 2009; the first collisions of lead nuclei took place in Nov. 2010.
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The TRD of ALICE is composed of 540 detectors, arranged in 18 sectors in azimuth, each of 5 stacks in longitudinal direction, with 6 layers per stack. The diameter of the TRD cylinder is about 7 m and the length also 7 m. It has more than 1 million channels of readout, each sampling the signal in 20 time bins. The active gas is a xenon-CO2 mixture.
TRD performs electron identification and triggering on electrons and jets, providing a trigger decision in 7 microseconds.
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