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May 21 – 26, 2017
Beijing International Convention Center
Asia/Shanghai timezone

Alignment of the CMS Tracker at LHC Run-II

May 22, 2017, 4:00 PM
Room 305C (Beijing International Convention Center)

Room 305C

Beijing International Convention Center

No.8 Beichen Dong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing P. R. China 100101
oral Experimental detector systems R2-Experimental detector systems(1)


Patrick Connor (U)


The inner tracking detector of the Cosmic Muon Solenoid (CMS) at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is $2.6\text{m}$ wide and $5.2\text{m}$ long, and is made of $1440$ silicon pixel and $15 148$ silicon strip modules in the inner and outer part, respectively. Its high granularity has provided an excellent hit resolution of the order of $10\mu\text{m}$ during LHC Run-I and II. In order to achieve such a precision despite the finite fabrication tolerances of the large structures and despite the changes of temperature and magnetic field, the tracking system needs to be aligned, i.e. a correction on the position, orientation and curvature needs to be computed for every single sensor. This challenging problem of $O(10^6)$ parameters can be solved using collision and cosmic-ray data by the MillePede II and HipPy algorithms, where the alignment parameters are determined by minimising the track-hit residuals of large samples of tracks. In this talk, we present the final alignment for 2016 data to illustrate the basic principles of those algorithms and to discuss some data-driven methods that are used to validate the performance of the alignment.

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