Optimized estimation of energy loss rate for charged particles from energy deposit measurements in tracking detectors

Ferenc Siklér, Sándor Szeles

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The estimation of energy loss rate dE/dx for charged particles in tracking detectors using energy deposit measurements is studied. The truncated mean method is generalized to the weighted mean of the measurements. The weights are optimized for better particle separation in the energy loss rate variable, for arithmetic and geometric means, using a detailed simulation. The obtained weights are rather independent of particle momentum and track segment length. Their values are connected to the form of the corresponding energy deposit distribution, allowing for a simple universal description as a function of the number of measured track segments. While for semiconductor detectors the weighted mean estimator may be further improved with maximum likelihood methods, for gaseous detectors the (0%,55%) truncation already gives excellent results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-39
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - Sep 21 2012



  • Energy loss
  • Silicon
  • TPC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

Cite this