The Endcap Muon system uses Cathode Strip Chambers (CSC's). Each of the vertical chamber stations are made of 6-layer CSC's which are trapezoidal in shape. In a CSC layer, the anode wires are in the azimuthal direction and the cathode strips are in the radial direction. The bending of charged tracks by the magnetic field in the endcap region is in the azimuthal direction, and the precise measurement of the azimuthal coordinate of a hit is achieved by interpolation of charges induced on neighboring cathode strips. The anode wires provide precise timing measurement of a hit as well as a coarse measurement of its radial position.
The EMU electronics system contains nine types of boards:
The figure below shows how the system is organized.
The CFEB is a 96-channel board and the AFEB is a 16-channel board. They are mounted on the CSC. Depending on chamber types, there are typically 4 to 5 CFEB's, and 12 to 42 AFEB's per chamber. There is one DMB, TMB, ALCT each per chamber. The ALCT board is also mounted on the chamber. The DMB, TMB are situated in crates located on the iron disk perimeter. The data from the CFEB's, AFEB's and ALCT is sent by skew-clear cables to DMB, TMB boards. The DMB and TMB serve as the DAQ and tigger interfaces to the rest of the experiment. The DMB send the readout and trigger diagnostic data to the central DAQ system and serves as the interface for Slow Control to the front-end boards. The TMB sends trigger primitives to the Level-1 trigger system. Timing and Control (TTC) signals are received and distributed by the Clock and Control Board, also situated in the VME crate.
The following table shows the scope of the system.
Chamber No of CFEB/chamber AFEB/chamber ALCT/chamber DMB/chamber TMB/chamber Type Chambers 288ch 384ch 672ch ME1/1 72 5 - 1 1 1 ME1/2 72 5 24 1 1 1 ME1/3 72 4 12 1 1 1 ME2/1 36 5 42 1 1 1 ME2/2 72 5 24 1 1 1 ME3/1 36 5 36 1 1 1 ME3/2 72 5 24 1 1 1