Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Alysia Marino

Second Advisor

Paul Beale

Third Advisor

Mark Rast

Abstract

The upcoming Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will begin to take data in the 2020s and will be capable of making the most precise measurements of neutrino oscillation parameters which will help answer some of the most fundamental questions in physics today. In order to accomplish this task, it is essential to know the neutrino flux at both the near and far detectors. To aid in this difficult measurement will be a system of muon monitors to characterize the associated muon beam. This paper concentrates on measuring the muon distribution at the beginning of the beam with a gas Cherenkov detector with the goal of constraining the neutrino energy and momentum distribution. Currently there is a prototype detector at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the NuMI beamline that makes these measurements. We attempt to extrapolate a muon distribution by observing and analyzing these signals over various gas pressures and detector orientations. I will discuss how such a model is created and how to go about comparing the simulations with real data as well as what future work is necessary.

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