Hope College Physics Department
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Summer 2010
Project Summary


Project Title: Analysis of Data from Neutron Detectors
Student Name: Eric Lunderberg
Student's Home Institution: Hope College
Research Advisor: Dr. Paul DeYoung and Dr. Graham Peaslee
Source of Support:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. PHY0969058

Accurate simulation of 1-100 MeV neutrons is essential for interpretation of data taken from scintillator arrays such as the Modular Neutron Array (MoNA). Since neutrons are uncharged, they interact with MoNA only in nucleon-nucleon scattering, and are indirectly detected by the presence of charged byproducts of these interactions. The neutron retains a portion of its initial energy, and can therefore interact elsewhere in the detector. These multiple detections make it difficult to determine the number of neutrons present in MoNA, and must therefore be reproduced with simulation to interpret data from MoNA. Geant4, a high-energy physics simulation, is capable of simulating the passage of particles through matter, but is designed for energies of several GeV, and must therefore be modified to model accurately the actions of neutrons in this lower energy regime.

Publications and Presentations:
“First Observation of Ground State Dineutron Decay: 16Be”, A. Spyrou, Z. Kohley, T. Baumann, D. Bazin, B.A. Brown, G. Christian, P.A. DeYoung, J.E. Finck, N. Frank, E. Lunderberg*, S. Mosby, W.A. Peters, A. Schiller, J.K. Smith, J. Snyder, M.J. Strongman, M. Thoennessen, and A. Volya. Phys. Rev. Lett. submitted(2011).
“Evidence for the ground-state resonance of 26O”, E. Lunderberg*, P.A. DeYoung, Z. Kohley, H. Attanayake, T. Baumann, D. Bazin, D. Divaratne, S.M. Grimes, A. Haagsma, J.E. Finck, N. Frank, B. Luther, S. Mosby, T. Nagy*, G.F. Peaslee, A. Schiller, J. Snyder, A. Spyrou, M.J. Strongman, and M. Thoennessen. Phys. Rev. Lett. Submitted(2011).
“Exploring the Low-Z Shore of the Island of Inversion at N = 19”, G. Christian,N. Frank, S. Ash, T. Baumann, J. Brown, P. A. DeYoung, J. E. Finck, A. Gade, G. F. Grinyer, A. Grovom, J. D. Hinnefeld, E.M. Lunderberg*, B. Luther, M.Mosby, S. Mosby, T. Nagi*, G. F. Peaslee, W. F. Rogers, J. K. Smith, J. Snyder, A. Spyrou, M. J. Strongman, M. Thoennessen, M. Warren, D. Weisshaar, and A. Wersal. Phys. Rev. Lett. Submitted(2011).
“Population of a Virtual State in 21C and Constraints on Halo Nucleus 22C”, S. Mosby, N.S. Badger*, T. Baumann, D. Bazin, M. Bennett*, J. Brown, G. Christian, P.A DeYoung,J.E Finck, M. Gardner*, J.D Hinnefeld, E.A Hook*, E.M Lunderberg*, B. Luther, D.A. Meyer, M. Mosby, G.F. Peaslee, W.F. Rogers, J.K. Smith, J. Snyder, A. Spyrou, M.J. Strongman, M. Thoennessen.  Phys. Lett. B, submitted(2011).
“Spectroscopy of 13Li”, E.M. Lunderberg*, C.C. Hall*, P.A. DeYoung, M. Thoennessen, J. Snyder, and Mona Collaboration. Division of Nuclear Physics of the APS meeting, East Lansing MI, October 2011.
“Analysis of Data from Neutron Detectors”, Eric Lunderberg. . 2011 Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Hope College, April 15, 2011.
“First observation of excited states in 12Li” C.C. Hall*, E.M. Lunderberg*, P.A. DeYoung, T. Baumann, D. Bazin, G. Blanchon, A. Bonaccorso, B.A. Brown, J. Brown, G. Christian, D.H. Denby*, J. Finck, N. Frank, A. Gade, J. Hinnefeld, C.R. Hoffman, B. Luther, S. Mosby, W.A. Peters, A. Spyrou, and M. Thoennessen. Phys. Rev. C 81, 021301(R) (2010).
"Spectroscopy of 12Li." by E. Lunderberg*, C. Hall*, P. DeYoung, A.Spyrou, M. Thoennessen, MoNA Collaboration. CEU Poster GB0.00070. Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 54, (2009). Division of Nuclear Physics Fall Meeting. Waikoloa, Hawaii (2009).