Proton Taggers

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What are the proton taggers?

Proton taggers is a short name for so called near-beam detectors, special tracker devices installed on the beam pipe hundreds metres away from the interaction point and aimed to detect protons which lost a small fraction of their energy or were scattered at small angles (forward protons). This package provides a method to simulate the acceptance of the proton taggers to be installed 420 and 220 m from IP5 (in both beam directions).

Implementation in Fast Simulation

Currently the only module defined in ProtonTaggers is ProtonTaggerFilter. The module is implemented in a form of EDFilter. Basically it can be viewed as a trigger code, which only passes through those events which have some forward protons in the taggers. As an input it accepts Monte Carlo events in the form of HepMCProduct with labels "source" and "famosPileUp". The only output is a boolean value showing whether the event has been accepted. Conditions upon which an event is accepted are steered from .cfg file. You can choose between detector locations (220 and 420 metres or both), ask for 1 or 2 detector arms to be hit, or even ignore one of the arms (e.g. to study acceptance for the clockwise beam only). Apart from a trigger bit the module does not add anything to the event.

The simulation procedure basically follows the procedure from ORCA-based FAMOS (module FastTotem). It does a simple table-based calculation of the probability of detecting a forward proton (given its momentum vector) with a Roman Pot type detector installed in one of the four pre-defined locations (220 or 420m, two beam directions). Note that old FAMOS had a method to simulate the measurement of proton fractional momentum loss. However the detector resolution simulated in FAMOS does not reflect the recent improvements in the near-beam detector design, and therefore has not been ported to CMSSW. In principle, proton taggers also allow for measurement of the t kinematic variable, connected to proton scattering angle, however this measurement has never been implemented in FAMOS. Note also that no dependence on vertex position is simulated. Thus, obviousely, there is no reason to apply vertex smearing before running ProtonTaggers.

Starting from version V01-00-03 this package can also process pileup protons simulated with PileUpProducer fast simulation module. Both "signal" and pileup protons are treated on a common basis and equally. For example, a combination of a signal proton in one arm and a pileup proton in the other one would pass the "2 protons" trigger. In case of two or more protons in one arm a message is printed to standard output, but no effect on trigger bit is generated compared to one single proton in the same arm.

A full simulation procedure for the FP420 detectors, based on Geant4 and the Hector proton transport code, shall be available as a separate package(s).

How to use

To use the package you need to include in your python script a piece of text like the following.

process.forwardProtonFilter = cms.EDFilter(
    # ... choose where you want a proton to be detected for beam 1 (clockwise)
    #     0 -> ignore this beam
    #     1 -> only 420 (FP420)
    #     2 -> only 220 (TOTEM)
    #     3 -> 220 and 420 (region of overlay)
    #     4 -> 220 or 420 (combined acceptance)
    beam1mode = cms.uint32(1),

    # ... and for beam 2 (anti-clockwise)
    beam2mode = cms.uint32(1),

    # ... choose how the information for the two beam directions should be combined
    #     1 -> any of the two protons (clockwise or anti-clockwise) is enough
    #     2 -> both protons should be tagged
    #     3 -> two protons should be tagged as 220+220 or 420+420 (makes sence with beamXmode=4)
    #     4 -> two protons should be tagged as 220+420 or 420+220 (makes sence with beamXmode=4)
    beamCombiningMode = cms.uint32(2)

... and add forwardProtonFilter in your path. In this example only events with two protons tagged by the two arms of FP420 will survive after the filter. The outcome of the filter, true or false, will go to TriggerResults in the Event stream. The SelectEvents parameter of PoolOutputModule can then be used to select the "triggered" events to be written on disk. See also example file FastSimulation/ProtonTaggers/test/

The ProtonTaggers package is included in CMSSW starting from 1_7_0_pre6 (for 1_6_X: do cvs co -r V01-00-04 FastSimulation/ProtonTaggers; cd FastSimulation/ProtonTaggers; scarmv1 b).

Known issues

Like other FastSim packages, this package is aimed to be a fast and simple tool for quick physics studies. However it has limitations:

1. The acceptance tables currently in use are quite old and may not provide a very high precision simulation.

2. The module accepts data, signal and pileup, only in the form of HepMCProduct. It does not read pileup events simulated as SimTracks/!SimVertex's.

Review Status

PatrickJanot - 12 Sep 2007 Template page
DmitryZaborov - 12 Sep 2007 First documentation for ProtonTaggers
DmitryZaborov - 05 Oct 2007 Add usage example
DmitryZaborov - 28 Oct 2007 Add "Known issues" section, update example
DmitryZaborov - 29 Oct 2007 Revise instructions for use
DmitryZaborov - 4 Nov 2007 Describe the new capability of pileup treatment
DmitryZaborov - 24 Apr 2009 Update of "how to use" section

Responsible: PatrickJanot
Last reviewed by: DmitryZaborov

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