Search for Highly Ionizing Particles with the Pixel Detector at Belle II
II Physics Institute, Justus Liebig University Giessen
Published online: 17 June 2019
The Belle II experiment, located at the SuperKEKB collider at the high-energy research facility KEK in Tsukuba, Japan, started operation in 2018. Compared to the predecessor experiment Belle, Belle II plans to increase the peak luminosity by a factor of about 40, by employing nano-beam technology in the interaction region. In particular the new, innermost sub-detector of Belle II the Pixel Vertex Detector (PXD) - is in close proximity to the interaction point. This allows for the detection of particles, which do not leave a signal in the outer sub-detectors. Among these, Highly Ionizing Particles (HIPs) encounter a characteristically high energy loss, limiting their penetration depth into the detector. Anti-deuterons and magnetic monopoles as possible HIPs are considered. Without a signal in the outer sub-detectors, no track trigger is issued, resulting in possible information loss. The possibility of identifying HIPs solely with information provided by the PXD is presented, by using neural network algorithms operating in a multidimensional parameter space of PXD cluster data.
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