I don't understand how is the energy measured in a cherenkov detector. How is the number of photons radiated related to the energy of the particle or the measure of energy has nothing to do with the light yield ?


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Cerenkov detectors measure velocity (either above/below threshold for simple detectors or via the opening angle for ring-imaging devices).

Energy depends on both velocity and mass, so if you have a reliable particle ID, then the velocity measurement from a Cerenkov device can be used to establish the energy to moderate precision.

Similarly if you know the momentum (say, from a spectrometer) and the velocity then you can deduce the energy.

With neither PID nor velocity a Cerenkov device does not measure energy.


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