Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Eric Zimmerman

Second Advisor

John Cumalat

Third Advisor

Katherine Stange


The composition of neutrino flavor eigenstates in terms of neutrino mass states leads to the phenomenon of “neutrino oscillation”, whereby a neutrino created in one flavor may change to another in flight. DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) is an experiment designed with a 1300 km baseline to study and measure the parameters involved in neutrino oscillation. To measure the tertiary muon beam created with the neutrinos, a detector designed to measure stopping muons is used. The detector will pick up light created in the decay of a muon in mineral oil in the center. To study the response of the muon monitor in the proposed experiment set-up Monte Carlo simulations using the Geant4 software package is used. Combining a detector specific Monte Carlo simulation with the overall experiment beam Monte Carlo has led to a model for predicting stopping muon flux from an overall muon beam flux. This has been used to create a picture of detector response in arbitrary configurations and develop a timing scheme to prevent saturation of the detector. Progress has also been made using this model to understand detector response using different production models.