The thin gap chambers database preparations for ATLAS

Y. Benhammou*, S. Bressler, E. Etzion, D. Lellouch, L. Levinson, S. Tarem

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Thin gap chambers (TGCs) are used for the muon trigger system in the forward region of the LHC experiment ATLAS. The TGCs are expected to provide a trigger signal within 25 ns of the bunch spacing. An extensive system test of the ATLAS muon spectrometer has been performed in the H8 beam line at the CERN SPS, during the last few years. A relational database was used for storing the conditions of the tests as well as the configuration of the system. This database has provided the detector control system with the information needed for configuration of the front end electronics. The database is used to assist the online operation and maintenance. The same database is used to store the nonevent condition and configuration parameters needed later for the offline reconstruction software. A larger scale of the database has been produced to support the whole TGC system. It integrates all the production, QA tests and assembly information. A 1/12th model of the whole TGC system is currently in use for testing the performance of this database in configuring and tracking the condition of the system. A prototype of the database was first implemented during the H8 test beams. This paper describes the database structure, its interface to other systems and its operational performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1684081
Pages (from-to)2162-2166
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006


FundersFunder number
German Israeli Foundation
Israel Science Foundation


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