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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||Proceedings of Science|
|State||Published - Mar 18 2022|
|Event||37th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2021 - Virtual, Berlin, Germany|
Duration: Jul 12 2021 → Jul 23 2021
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