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Title: A study of the RICH detector performance and search for new physics in B⁰d → K* μ⁺μ⁻ decays with the LHCb experiment
Author: Dickens, Jeremy Mark
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2008
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The LHCb experiment will make precision CP-violation and rare decay measurements at the Large Hadron Collider which is due to start running in 2008. These will provide an indirect window onto new physics beyond the Standard Model (SM). The Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) sub-detectors provide essential particle identification for many LHCb physics analyses. A system test of the RICH photon detectors and electronics has been successfully performed at CERN. The reconstructed mean Cherenkov angle and photon yields are in good agreement with expectations. The Cherenkov angle resolution of the RICH Hybrid Photon Detectors (HPDs) is measured to be 1.66 ± 0.03 mrad where the quoted error is the systematic error and the statistical error is negligible. The resolution is in good agreement with the Monte Carlo (MC) simulation. The rare decay B⁰d → K* μ⁺μ⁻ provides a sensitive test of the SM. The reconstruction and selection of these events has been studied using the full LHCb MC simulation. With a 2 fb-1 data set, 7200 ± 180⁺²²⁰⁰₋₁₉₀₀ signal events are expected where the first error is the statistical error from the MC event sample and the second error is from the measured branching ratio. A total background of 1770 ± 310 events is expected excluding a potential background of 1730 events from non-resonant B⁰d → K* μ⁺μ⁻ decays. The background is expected to be dominated by events with muons from real b-decays.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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