The main components of the NA61/SHINE detector are 4 large-volume Time Projection Chambers for tracking and particle identification via dE/dx. Time of Flight scintillator arrays complement particle identification. Calorimeters for transverse energy determination and triggering, a detector for centrality selection in p+A collisions, and beam definition detectors complete the set-up
The experiment is located in the North Area of CERN and the particles are accelerated by SPS
Our TPCs are capable of detecting up to 70% of all charged particles created in the studied reactions. They also measure their energy loss as they travel through gas inside the detector. This allows the team to determine each particle’s charge, momentum and gives information on its type.
Our teams are looking for the evidence of a critical point on the transition line between two phases of strongly interacting matter: quark-gluon plasma and hadron gas