Construction and performance of MEGAs low-mass, high-rate cylindrical MWPCs Academic Article uri icon


  • A design for extremely low mass, high-resolution multiwire proportional chambers (MWPC) was achieved by the MEGA collaboration in its experiment to search for the lepton family number violating decay μ → eγ. To extend the present branching ratio limit by over an order of magnitude, these MWPCs were operated in high particle fluxes. They showed minimal effects of aging, and evidenced spatial and energy resolutions for the orbiting positrons from muon decay which were consistent with our design parameters. The unique features of these chambers, their assembly into the MEGA positron spectrometer, and their performance during the experiment are described in this paper. © 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cooper, M. D., Armijo, V., Black, J. K., Bolton, R. D., Carius, S., Espinoza, C., ... Zhang, Y. D.

citation count

  • 3

publication date

  • November 1998