This paper proposes the use of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) for the deflection monitoring of a micromegas (MM) tracking particle detector to be installed at the European Organization for Nuclear Research during a major upgrade of the experiment ATLAS within 2018. MM detectors are designed to reach high spatial and time resolution, even if the design is not yet finalized. One mandatory issue for the MM detector is a precise monitoring of the deflection of the drift and read-out electrodes and/or of the panel hosting the electrodes. To this aim, FBG strain sensors are proposed and experimentally investigated as a sensing solution to monitor the strain state of the detector support panel hosting the drift and read-out electrodes. Finally, simple postprocessing analysis based on classical beam theory considering a rigid body permits calculating the panel deflection. Preliminary experimental results on first prototypes of small and large detector panels are presented and discussed.
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