Resistive plate chamber performance in the BaBar IFR system

F. Anulli, S. Bagnasco, R. Baldini, H. R. Band, R. Bionta, J. E. Brau, V. Brigljevic, A. Buzzo, A. Calcaterra, M. Carpinelli, C. Cartaro, N. Cavallo, G. Crosetti, R. De Sangro, G. De Nardo, A. Eichenbaum, F. Fabozzi, D. Falciai, F. Ferrarotto, F. FerroniG. Finocchiaro, F. Forti, R. Frey, C. Gatto, E. Grauges, M. Iwasaki, J. R. Johnson, D. J. Lange, L. Lista, M. Lo Vetere, C. Lu, M. Macri, R. Messner, T. B. Moore, S. Morganti, H. Neal, N. Neri, A. Palano, E. Paoloni, P. Paolucci, S. Passaggio, F. Pastore, P. Patteri, I. Peruzzi, M. Piccolo, D. Piccolo, G. Piredda, E. Robutti, A. Roodman, A. Santroni, C. Sciacca, N. B. Sinev, D. Strom, A. Soha, S. Tosi, J. Va'vra, W. J. Wisniewski, D. M. Wright, Y. Xie, A. Zallo

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The BaBar Collaboration has operated a system covering over 2000 m2 with resistive plate chambers for nearly three years. The chambers are constructed of bakelite sheets separated by 2 mm. The inner surfaces are coated with linseed oil. This system provides muon and neutral hadron detection for BaBar. Installation and commissioning were completed in 1998, and operation began mid-1999. While initial performance of the system reached design, over time, a significant fraction of the resistive plate chambers demonstrated significant degradation, marked by increased currents and reduced efficiency. A coordinated investigative effort has identified many of the elements responsible for the degradation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-893
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2002
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Gas discharge
  • Particle tracking
  • Radiation detectors


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