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Machine Learning approach to γ/π0 separation in the LHCb calorimeter

Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 2018. Vol. 1085. P. 1-5.
Ratnikov F., Viktoria Chekalina.

Reconstruction and identification of particles in calorimeters of modern High Energy Physics experiments is a complicated task. Solutions are usually driven by a priori knowledge about expected properties of reconstructed objects. Such an approach is also used to distinguish single photons in the electromagnetic calorimeter of the LHCb detector at the LHC from overlapping photons produced from decays of high momentum π 0. We studied an alternative solution based on first principles. This approach applies neural networks and classifier based on gradient boosting method to primary calorimeter information, that is energies collected in individual cells of the energy cluster. Mutial application of this methods allows to improve separation performance based on Monte Carlo data analysis. Receiver operating characteristic score of classifier increases from 0.81 to 0.95, that means reducing primary photons fake rate by factor of two or more.