Micro-channel plate photon detector studies for the TORCH detector

L. Castillo García*, N. Brook, E. N. Cowie, D. Cussans, R. Forty, C. Frei, R. Gao, T. Gys, N. Harnew, D. Piedigrossi, M. Van Dijk

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Abstract The Time Of internally Reflected Cherenkov light (TORCH) detector is under development. Charged particle tracks passing through a 1 cm plate of quartz will generate the Cherenkov photons, and their arrival will be timed by an array of micro-channel plate photon detectors. As part of the TORCH R&D studies, commercial and custom-made micro-channel plate detectors are being characterized. The final photon detectors for this application are being produced in a three-phase program in collaboration with industry. Custom-made single-channel devices with extended lifetime have been manufactured and their performance is being systematically investigated in the laboratory. Optical studies for the preparation of beam and laboratory tests of a TORCH prototype are also underway.

Original languageEnglish
Article number57263
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Cherenkov radiation
  • LHCb upgrade
  • MCP-PMTs
  • Single photons
  • TORCH detector


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