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Title: A study of B → DK and D0 production using D0 → K+π-π+π-decays at LHCb
Author: Hunt, Philip
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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A precision measurement of the CKM angle γ from tree-level processes is one of the principal goals of the LHCb experiment. The results from this study are compared to predictions from two different theoretical models and from the default LHCb tuning of the PYTHIA Monte Carlo event generator, and the results shown to be in good agreement. The cross-section results are also compared to an independent LHCb measurement. LHCb analyses rely on the ability to identify kaons and pions with a high efficiency and low mis-identification rate, achieved by two Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detectors. To ensure optimal performance of the RICH detectors, the time alignment of the Level-0 (L0) front-end electronics modules has been optimised using a combination of a pulsed laser system installed in the LHCb cavern and pp collision data. After the time-alignment procedure, the L0 modules have been time-aligned to within approximately ° 1ns across both detectors.
Supervisor: Harnew, Neville Sponsor: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Particle physics ; LHCb ; flavour physics ; flavor physics ; charm production