Casey Carney's pictureCasey Carney

Hope College

Dr. Peaslee, Dr. Mader, Dr. DeYoung (Nuclear Group)

Supported by NSF-RUI and a Cupery Summer Research Fellowship

For the majority of the summer of 1996, I was involved with a project that we called Modgan96. Modgan is a program which acts as a statistical decay model of the nucleus after a nuclear collision. The user inputs into Modgan which system is to be used, along with other physical and statistical parameters, and Modgan will perform the nuclear reaction and output various information on particle emission, direction, energy, and so forth. Modgan is a nice program to use as an alternative to physical running a system, but the code is large and and can be cumbersome to the user at times. It was originally written many years ago by N.N. Ajitanand at SUNY, and has undergone many revisions and additions, which have made much of the code confusing and unorganized. My project, along with Dr. Mader and a few other students, was to clean up and organize Modgan. We took a piece of the program at a time and declared all variables, added helpful comments, fixed any errors in the calculations, and simplified and condensed where possible. By the end of the summer, most of the program had been cleaned up, all that remains now is to work on the main program routine.

In addition, at the end of the summer I was involved in a short test run down at Notre Dame. We ran a system of oxygen on gold, and wish to look at light charged particles in coincidence with fission fragments. The data from this first run is currently being analyzed, once that is done, a longer run will take place at Notre Dame again.