The Beam and detector of the NA62 experiment at CERN

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  • Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics, Ohio State University
  • Particle Physics and Cosmology (CP3)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain
  • Center for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Cosmology (CP3)


NA62 is a fixed-target experiment at the CERN SPS dedicated to measurements of rare kaon decays. Such measurements, like the branching fraction of the $K^{+} \rightarrow \pi^{+} \nu \bar\nu$ decay, have the potential to bring significant insights into new physics processes when comparison is made with precise theoretical predictions. For this purpose, innovative techniques have been developed, in particular, in the domain of low-mass tracking devices. Detector construction spanned several years from 2009 to 2014. The collaboration started detector commissioning in 2014 and will collect data until the end of 2018. The beam line and detector components are described together with their early performance obtained from 2014 and 2015 data.

Bibliographic note

Accepted by JINST, few typos fixed, authors.xml file added, 121 pages, 77 figures


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2017


  • physics.ins-det, hep-ex