LPC meeting summary 06-03-2017 - final
Main purpose of the meeting: Comparison and clarification of the experiments methods to determine the beam spot. These measurements are used in precision comparisons related to the observed luminosity differences of the experiments and therefore their detailed understanding is essential.
Anthony described the fits used by ATLAS to determine the beam-spot. A three dimensional fit is being done, where the components for the x and y coordinates have to take into account the beam-spot resolution which is not necessary in the z-direction since it is so much larger than the resolution itself.
The covariance matrix in the x-y plane is multiplied by a scaling factor which takes into account the difference between the actual and the expected vertex resolution. It is determined by the fit itself. Currently work is in progress to understand the origin of this factor to see if in future it can be parametrised.
In the discussion it was noted that the data is presented for small time intervals (~60s). The size of these intervals was defined in earlier years when the beams-pot was substantially larger. Having a much smaller beam-spot in 2016 leads to the fact that the statistical precision for the scale factor becomes marginal and ATLAS is considering to redefine the interval length.
The rest of the presentations was focused on the longitudinal beam-spot measurements. Anthony showed the importance of carefully selecting the beam-spot used in this measurements. He showed with Monte Carlo studies that measurements become independent of pileup when taking the highest ΣpT2-vertex in 2 Jet events. However, taking all vertices or the highest pT vertex in empty events (singe photons that do not convert were used for this category) will result in a strong dependence of the measured length of the vertex (σZ) on the pile-up. Anthony remarked that the measurement is slightly biased since a vertex is more probable to be merged with another vertex situated towards the center of the vertex distribution. In principle this effect could be corrected for by using the distribution of the distances of all vertices together with the number of reconstructed vertices.
In the discussion Jamie remarked that the longitudinal beam profile is claimed to be non Gaussian (due to various RF manipulations) and it would be good to check that the effect of this is negligible by studying the dependence of the fit result on the shape of the longitudinal bunch shape.
Riccardo summarised the method of CMS used to determine the beam-spot. CMS also runs a three dimensional fit. Data is provided in the lumi file at a coarse granularity. A new data point is added to the file when parameters change by a minimal threshold. This can lead to intervals as large as up to 60 lumi sections (a lumi section is about 20s in CMS).
CMS determines the position of the beam in the transverse plane (x, y) as well as their slopes dx/dz and dy/dz from fits to the d0(Φ)-distribution of selected tracks. The position along the beam axis and the widths σx, σy, and σz are then determined in a maximum likelihood fit to the distribution of selected vertices.
Riccardo made clear that currently the results are presented in coordinates of the CMS reference frame. In the discussion it was not completely clear if a possible inclination of the beam axis wrt the z axis of the reference frame was taken care of by the fit or not. Small angles could potentially have large effects on the result of the the σx and σy measurements (slides 11 adn 12). This will be clarified by CMS.
Riccardo mentioned that currently the CMS data are reprocessed to measure the beam-spot according to the outlined procedure by taking only vertices into account which are selected in a similar way as in ATLAS (one vertex per event, with jet triggered events). Once this processing will be finished new results of CMS can be presented.
There were various discussions related to:
It was concluded that the methods used by both experiments are rather similar and should in principle lead to comparable results. The following to-do-list has been established: