Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Science (BS)
Jeffrey Kevin Nelson
Daniel A. Cristol
MINERvA is a new neutrino experiment whose scintillator-based detector finished construction in March 2010. Data collected by this project will be crucial to the understanding of how neutrinos interact with matter and how they may be able to transition between flavors as they travel. By analyzing energy depositions, I characterize neutrino interactions recorded by a prototype of the detector. Events described include quasielastic interactions, resonant production of pions, and deep inelastic scattering. I also use simulations to investigate the physical responsivity of the detector to incoming particles and I am able to quantify the proportionality constants governing the fraction of ionizing energy that is visible to the data acquisition apparatus as a function of particle type and initial momentum.
O'Connor, Colton, "Scanning Early Data from the MINERvA Tracking Prototype" (2010). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 677.
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