Cosmic-ray test of a time-of-flight detector for double-strangeness experiments at J-PARC
Kim, S. H.*; Hwang, S.; Ahn, J. K.*; 江川 弘行; 早川 修平; Hong, B.*; 細見 健二 ; 今井 憲一; Kim, M. H.*; Lee, J. Y.*; Moon, T. J.*; Ryu, S. Y.*; 佐甲 博之 ; 高橋 俊行*; 谷田 聖
Kim, S. H.*; Hwang, S.; Ahn, J. K.*; Ekawa, Hiroyuki; Hayakawa, Shuhei; Hong, B.*; Hosomi, Kenji; Imai, Kenichi; Kim, M. H.*; Lee, J. Y.*; Moon, T. J.*; Ryu, S. Y.*; Sako, Hiroyuki; Takahashi, Toshiyuki*; Tanida, Kiyoshi
We have developed a time-of-flight (ToF) array consisting of 24 plastic scintillators for triggering and timing measurements in a series of planned experiments to study double-strangeness hadronic and nuclear systems at the K1.8 beamline of J-PARC. Each ToF scintillator is 180 cm long with a cross-section of 83 cm and is read out by H1949-50 photomultiplier tubes at both ends. The timing and attenuation properties of the scintillators are measured using cosmic-ray muons and rays from . The cosmic-ray muon events are triggered by three pairs of 120-cm-long plastic scintillators, sandwiching the ToF array. The intrinsic time resolutions of the scintillators are estimated to be in the range 60-100 ps, which is adequate for reliable separation between and at 1.2 GeV/. The attenuation length is measured to be approximately 210 cm, which is half that for a bulk scintillator.