From the Detector to Physics Data

ATLAS

trigger and data acquisition
Doris Burckhart-Chromek CERN ATLAS TDAQ

Protons collide in the heart of the detector 1 000 000 000 times a second Particles are created .

Particles are created .

Protons collide in the heart of the detector 1 000 000 000 times a second Each collision produces huge amounts of data which would fill 100 000 CDs each second .

The detector is made of different parts in which the particles leave traces .

The traces are recorded in terms of: • • • • • time location charge energy momentum from which the particles are identified .

Highly specialized electronics transform the traces into electric signals .

Hundreds of crates filled with thousands of modules convert the signals for the computer 10010100101000111100101001010001 .

But only few collisions are interesting One out of 5 000 000 A first selection is made by looking for characteristic patterns .

A slice through the detector showing collision traces .

The characteristic patterns are examined only one out of 5 000 000 is kept the rest are discarded .

The puzzle is assembled to obtain a complete view of the collision .

A closer look at the data to make an even finer selection needs thousands of computers .

300 000 000 bytes per second are recorded this would fill 1 CD every 2 seconds STORAGE .

Around the world thousands of computers analyse the data STORAGE to find new physics .

Computers control the detector with custom-build software The physicists control ATLAS .

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Computers control the detector Control with custom-built software Physicists control Atlas .

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