Alignment of the ALICE Inner Tracking System with cosmic-ray tracks

ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) is the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) experiment devoted to investigating the strongly interacting matter created in nucleus-nucleus collisions at the LHC energies. The ALICE ITS, Inner Tracking System, consists of six cylindrical layers of silicon detectors with three different technologies; in the outward direction: two layers of pixel detectors, two layers each of drift, and strip detectors. The number of parameters to be determined in the spatial alignment of the 2198 sensor modules of the ITS is about 13,000. The target alignment precision is well below 10 micron in some cases (pixels). The sources of alignment information include survey measurements, and the reconstructed tracks from cosmic rays and from proton-proton collisions. The main track-based alignment method uses the Millepede global approach. An iterative local method was developed and used as well. We present the results obtained for the ITS alignment using about 10$^5$ charged tracks from cosmic rays that have been collected during summer 2008, with the ALICE solenoidal magnet switched off.


JINST 5 (2010) P03003
e-Print: arXiv:1001.0502 | PDF | inSPIRE
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Figure 2

Layout of the ITS (left) and orientation of the ALICE global (middle)and ITS-module local (right) reference systems. The global referencesystem has indeed its origin in the middle of the ITS, so that the $z$ directioncoincides with the beam line.

Figure 4

Top: scheme of the SDD layers Bottom: scheme of a SDD module, where the drift direction is parallel to the$x_{\rm loc}$ coordinate Units are millimeters.

Figure 6

A clean cosmic event reconstructed in the ITS (top), as visualizedin the ALICE event display. The zoom on the SPD (bottom) shows an ``extra'' pointin one of the $r\varphi$ acceptance overlaps of the outer layer.

Figure 7

Uncorrected distribution of the zenith-azimuth angles of the cosmic tracks reconstructed in the ITS.

Figure 8

SSD survey validation. Top: distribution of $\Delta x_{\rm loc}$, the distance between two points in the module overlap regions along $z$ on the same ladder Bottom: distribution of the $r\varphi$ residuals between straight-line tracks defined from two points on layer 6 and the corresponding points on layer 5 In both cases, gaussian fits to the distributions with survey applied are shown (in top panel the fit range is $\pm2\,\sigma$, i.e $[-60 \mathrm{\mu m},+60 \mathrm{\mu m}]$).

Figure 9

Top: example of Millepede residuals in the local reference frame of the SPD modules before and after the alignment Bottom: the corrections to the $\varphi_{\rm loc}$ angle obtained in the hierarchical SPD alignment with Millepede.

Figure 10

Top: distribution of $\Delta xy\vert_{y=0}$ for SPD only, before and after alignment Bottom: distribution $\Delta xy\vert_{y=0}$ for track segments reconstructed in the upper and lower parts of SPD+SSD layers;each track segment is required to have four assigned points; SSD survey and Millepede alignment corrections are applied. In both cases,the distributions are produced from the sample of events used to obtain the alignment corrections.

Figure 11

SPD double points in acceptance overlaps. Left:track-to-point $\Delta x_{\rm loc}$ for ``extra'' points before and after alignment Right: $\sigma$ of the $\Delta x_{\rm loc}$ distributions as a function of thetrack-to-module incidence angle selection; 2008 cosmic-ray data are compared to the simulation with different levels of residual misalignment See text for details.

Figure 12

Alignment stability tests Top: for SPD only, distribution of the $\Delta xy\vert_{y=0}$ distance obtained when aligning with every second track and checking the alignment with the other tracks Bottom: track-to-point residuals in the inner SPD layer (track fit in outer SPD layer and in the two SSD layers), for $\rm B=0$ and $\rm B=\pm 0.5 T$ (the three histograms are normalized to the same integral).

Figure 13

SDD calibration and alignment Top: distribution of track-to-point residuals in the two drift regions for the SDD modules of layer 4 side C ($z< 0$); tracks are fitted using only their associated points in SPD and SSD; the Millepede alignment corrections for SPD and SSD are included, as well as the SSD survey Bottom: residuals along the drift coordinate for one SDD module as a function of drift coordinate after Millepede alignment with only geometrical parameters and with geometrical+calibration parameters.

Figure 14

SPD alignment quality results for the iterative local method Top: track-to-track $\Delta xy\vert_{y=0}$ distribution defined in section [6.3], using only SPD points Bottom: track-to-point $\Delta x_{\rm loc}$ distribution for extra points in acceptance overlaps.

Figure 15

Correlation between the alignment parameters obtained from Millepede (horizontal axis) and the iterative method (vertical axis), for the inner SPD layer modules. Modules with more (less) than 500 points are represented by the closed (open) markers.