Belle II

Belle II experiment at SuperKEKB aims to study the flavor sector of the Standard Model by conducting a detailed measurements of B meson decays. Through an order of magnitude improvement of the measurements, it is hoped to uncover physics beyond the Standard Model.

SuperKEKB is an energy-asymmetric e+ e- collider, which has the luminosity 40 times higher than its predecessor KEKB and produces large number of B and anti-B meson pairs. Optics tuning of electron and positron beams in SuperKEKB (Phase 1) had been carried out in 2016. The Belle II detector had been rolled in to the interaction point in April 2017, and all sub-detectors except vertex detectors had been installed into the Belle II detector by fall 2017. Combined commissioning of the accelerator and detector (Phase 2) has started in March 2018. SuperKEKB has successfully delivered the first collision of electrons and positrons in the morning of April 26, 2018, and Belle II has recorded the interaction event signals.

The Belle II detector is upgraded from the predecessor detector Belle to maximally exploit the high luminosity operation of SuperKEKB. The Kavli IPMU group is playing a leading role for producing ladders of the silicon vertex detector (SVD) that is used to measure the decay vertices of B mesons. Production of SVD ladders requires advanced technologies: alignment of silicon sensors in each ladder in a precision of O(100µm), fabrication of ladder components with liquid glue with the controlled glue spread less than 1mm, electrical connections from sensor strips to readout ASIC with more than 10k wires with 25µm radius, quality assurance of the produced ladders over two years; each of which was developed by the group members. The end of the entire ladder production is foreseen in June 2018. The produced ladders are being transported to KEK, Japan, and mounted to the SVD end-rings. The whole ladders on the end-rings will be tested in summer 2018 using cosmic rays. After combination of the SVD with the other vertex detector PXD and final testing, the vertex detectors are installed to the Belle II detector by November 2018.

Physics data taking by the full Belle II detector (Phase 3) will be kicked off in February 2019. After a successful kick-off of the data taking, the group will commit to precision measurement of the CP violating parameters in B-meson decays and other heavy flavor physics topics aiming at a discovery of new physics beyond the Standard Model. (Last update: 2018/05/25)