Date Thesis Awarded

5-2010

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Physics

Advisor

Jeffrey Kevin Nelson

Committee Member

Charles Perdrisat

Committee Member

Michael Kordosky

Committee Member

Daniel A. Cristol

Abstract

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.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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