Expected Performance of the ATLAS Experiment: Detector, Trigger and Physics.

De Santo, A, Salvatore, F and ATLAS Collaboration, (2009) Expected Performance of the ATLAS Experiment: Detector, Trigger and Physics. CERN Document Service, http://cdsweb.cern.ch/collection. ISBN 978-92-9083-321-5

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Abstract

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN promises a major step forward in the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter. The ATLAS experiment is a general-purpose detector for the LHC, whose design was guided by the need to accommodate the wide spectrum of possible physics signatures. The major remit of the ATLAS experiment is the exploration of the TeV mass scale where ground breaking discoveries are expected. In the focus are the investigation of the electroweak symmetry breaking and linked to this the search for the Higgs boson as well as the search for Physics beyond the Standard Model. In this report a detailed examination of the expected performance of the ATLAS detector is provided, with a major aim being to investigate the experimental sensitivity to a wide range of measurements and potential observations of new physical processes. An earlier summary of the expected capabilities of ATLAS was compiled in 1999. Since that time, the design of the detector has been finalised, and construction and installation have been completed. An extensive test-beam programme was undertaken. Furthermore, the simulation and reconstruction software code and frameworks have been completely rewritten. Revisions incorporated reflect improved detector modelling as well as major technical changes to the software technology. Greatly improved understanding of calibration and alignment techniques, and their practical impact on performance, is now in place. The studies reported here are based on full simulations of the ATLAS detector response. A variety of event generators were employed. The simulation and reconstruction of these large event samples thus provided an important operational test of the new ATLAS software system. In addition, the processing was distributed world-wide over the ATLAS Grid facilities and hence provided an important test of the ATLAS computing system ¿ this is the origin of the expression ¿CSC studies¿ (¿computing system commissioning¿), which is occasionally referred to in these volumes. This report is broadly divided into two parts: firstly the performance for identification of physics objects is examined in detail, followed by a detailed assessment of the performance of the trigger system. This part is subdivided into chapters surveying the capabilities for charged particle tracking, each of electron/photon, muon and tau identification, jet and missing transverse energy reconstruction, b-tagging algorithms and performance, and finally the trigger system performance. The second major subdivision of the report addresses physics measurement capabilities, and new physics search sensitivities. Individual chapters in this part discuss ATLAS physics capabilities in Standard Model QCD and electroweak processes, in the top quark sector, in b-physics, in searches for Higgs bosons, supersymmetry searches, and finally searches for other new particles predicted in more exotic models.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Depositing User: Antonella DeSanto
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:48
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2012 15:33
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18431
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