Level-1 Trigger

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Level 1 Trigger Goal

The main goal of the GlueX experiment is the search of exotic mesons produced in interactions of 8.4 - 9.0 GeV linearly polarized beam photons with a liquid hydrogen target. The beam photons are created by the 12 GeV electrons incident on a diamond crystal via bremsstrahlung process. The GlueX detector will start taking data at a luminosity corresponding to about 107 photons per second in the photon-beam energy range of 8.4 < Eγ < 9.0 GeV. The Level-1 trigger has to reduce the rate from electromagnetic and hadronic interactions seen by the GlueX detector to a level acceptable by a data acquisition for writing events directly to tape, about 20 kHz. Later, the luminosity will be increased by an order of magnitude to 108 photons per second. For high-luminosity runs, events accepted by the Level-1 trigger will be sent to the thirt level trigger at the rate which should not exceed 200 kHz. The Level-3 trigger will perform an event reconstruction on a PC farm allowing to further reduce low-energy photon interactions and providing an additional rate reduction of about factor of 10. At the same time, the Level-1 trigger has to accept all multi-particle exotic meson candidates produced in the beam energy range E > 8 GeV.

Hardware Algorithms

Hit pattern

BCAL cosmics

TOF clusters


PS and ST

Typical Latency


Scaler specifications

Scaler server / client


Crate and channel assignment

Optical link connections

TS front panel connections

Reviews and Meetings

Beam Tests

Test Setups

Schedule and Activities

Detector Commissioning


Useful Links

How To

Run Period Trigger Summaries