29 July 2018 to 4 August 2018
Russian Academy of Sciences
Europe/Moscow timezone

The role of the NA62 RICH in the BR($K^+\rightarrow \pi^+ \nu \bar{\nu}$) measurement

1 Aug 2018, 09:25
Blue Hall (Russian Academy of Sciences)

Blue Hall

Russian Academy of Sciences

Leninsky Prospekt, 32а Moscow 119071 Russian Federation
oral presentation [20+5 min] Pattern recognition and data analysis Pattern recognition and data analysis


Roberta Volpe


The NA62 experiment aims to measure the $BR(K+\rightarrow \pi^+ \nu \bar{\nu})$ with a 10% precision. One of the main backgrounds comes from the decay $K^+ \rightarrow \mu^+ \nu$, therefore a highly powerful pion/muon separation is needed. The NA62 RICH, together with the calorimeter system, provides an accurate particle identification. The first results of the NA62 $K^+ \rightarrow \pi^+ \nu \bar{\nu}$ analysis, based on 2016 data, have been recently presented, showing one candidate event selected as a $K^+ \rightarrow \pi^+ \nu \bar{\nu}$ decay.
Despite that the analyzed data are only a small part of the collected data, the results demonstrate that the new “in-flight decay” approach works as expected. This outcome has been possible also thanks to the very good RICH performance. Two different algorithms have been exploited: (i) the "standalone" ring reconstruction, which makes use exclusively of information from the RICH hits and (ii) the "Likelihood" algorithm, which employs the NA62 Spectrometer measurement of the tracks. In the $K^+ \rightarrow \pi^+ \nu \bar{\nu}$ analysis these two approaches have been used in combination, getting a pion reconstruction and identification efficiency of 75%, with a muon suppression factor of about 500, in the momentum range 15-35 GeV/c.
In this work we present the way the RICH detector has been employed to get this first important NA62 result and the performances of the RICH detector obtained for $K^+ \rightarrow \pi^+ \nu \bar{\nu}$ dedicated selection.

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