Electromagnetic and Hadronic Showers: Calorimeters

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The ionisation mechanism presented in Chap.  6 is only one of the processes by which charged particles interact with matter, and is the dominant for heavy particles in thin media. Electrons and photons are subject to a number of other processes which cannot be neglected and are exploited in the development of calorimeters. Hadrons too loose energy by more mechanisms than just ionisation. The additional processes are the topic of this chapter. Following a review of the characteristics of electromagnetic and hadronic showers, the later sections present the design of calorimeters, both electromagnetic and hadronic, which exploit this type of phenomenology.


Pair Production Detector Volume Electromagnetic Calorimeter Soft Photon Hadronic Calorimeter 
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  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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