Calibration of Aerogel Tiles for the HELIX-RICH Detector

HELIX Collaboration

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HELIX (High Energy Light Isotope eXperiment) is a balloon-borne instrument designed to measure the chemical and isotopic abundances of light cosmic-ray nuclei. In particular, HELIX is optimized to measure 10Be and 9Be in the range 0.2 GeV/n to beyond 3 GeV/n. To achieve this, HELIX utilizes a 1 Tesla superconducting magnet with a high-resolution gas drift tracking system, time-of-flight detector, and a ring-imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector. The RICH detector consists of aerogel tile radiators (refractive index 1.15) with a silicon photomultiplier detector plane. To adequately discriminate between 10Be and 9Be isotopes, the refractive index of the aerogel tiles must be known to a precision of 0.1%. In this contribution, detailed mapping of the refractive index across the aerogel tiles is presented and the methodology used to obtain these measurements is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number090
JournalProceedings of Science
StatePublished - Mar 18 2022
Event37th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2021 - Virtual, Berlin, Germany
Duration: Jul 12 2021Jul 23 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


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