The ATLAS FTK system: How to improve the physics potential with a tracking trigger

ATLAS Collaboration

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After a very successful data taking run, the ATLAS experiment is being upgraded to cope with the higher luminosity and higher center of mass energy that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will provide in the next years. The Fast Tracker (FTK) trigger system, part of the ATLAS trigger upgrade program, is a highly parallel hardware device processor based on a mixture of advanced technologies. FTK provides global track reconstruction in the full inner silicon detector, with resolution comparable to the offline algorithms, in approximately 100 microseconds, allowing a fast and precise detection of the primary and secondary vertex information. The track and vertex information is then used by the high-level trigger algorithms, allowing highly improved trigger performance for the most difficult signatures, such as b-jets. The expected physics performance of FTK in the harsh environment at high pile-up and high luminosities at LHC Run2 are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2521-2523
Number of pages3
JournalNuclear and Particle Physics Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes


  • ATLAS trigger upgrade
  • Associative Memory
  • FPGA
  • Fast Tracker
  • LHC Run2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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