Design of an Efficient, High-Throughput Photomultiplier Tube Testing Facility for the IceCube Upgrade


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Discussion timeslot (ZOOM-Meeting): 13. July 2021 - 18:00
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'The IceCube Upgrade is an extension of the IceCube detector at the geographic South Pole. It consists of seven new strings with novel instrumentation. More than 430 multi-PMT optical modules called "mDOMs", housing 24 3-inch PMTs each, will be produced for the Upgrade. This will require testing and pre-calibration on a short timescale of more than 10,000 PMTs prior to assembly and deployment. We present the design of a PMT testing facility that enables simultaneous testing of roughly 100 PMTs per day at temperatures down to -20°C. The design is implemented at RWTH Aachen University and TU Dortmund University in parallel to achieve a throughput of up to 1,000 PMTs per week. This will enable a steady supply of tested PMTs to the production sites, which is critical for the Upgrade, as well as the future IceCube-Gen2 project.'

Authors: Lasse Halve | For the IceCube Collaboration
Collaboration: IceCube

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Presenter: Lasse Halve

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