The CLAS12 drift chamber system Article

Mestayer, MD, Adhikari, K, Bennett, RP et al. (2020). The CLAS12 drift chamber system . NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT, 959 10.1016/j.nima.2020.163518

cited authors

  • Mestayer, MD; Adhikari, K; Bennett, RP; Bueltmann, S; Chetry, T; Christo, SB; Cook, M; Cuevas, RC; Dodge, GE; Forest, TA; Jacobs, G; Hartlove, T; Hayward, TB; Kabir, L; Kuhn, SE; McNulty, D; Newton, J; Taylor, WM; Weinstein, LB; Ziegler, V



  • The CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer at 12 GeV (CLAS12) is located in Hall B, one of the experimental halls at Jefferson Lab. The forward part of CLAS12 is built around a superconducting toroidal magnet. The six coils of the toroid divide the detector azimuthally into six sectors. Each sector contains three multi-layer drift chambers for reconstructing the trajectories of charged particles originating from a fixed target. Each of the 18 planar chambers has two “superlayers” of six layers each, with the wires in the two adjacent superlayers oriented at ±6° stereo angles. Each layer has 112 hexagonal cells spanning a range from about 5° to 40° in polar angle. The six-layer structure provides redundancy in track segment finding and good tracking efficiency even in the presence of some individual wire inefficiency. The design, construction, operation, and calibration methods are described, and estimates of the efficiency and resolution are presented from in-beam measurements.

publication date

  • April 11, 2020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)


  • 959