Hope College Physics Department
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
|Project Title:||Construction of a Cosmic-Ray Veto Shield for the Summing Na(Tl) Detector|
|Student Name:||Jaclyn Brett|
|Student's Home Institution:||Hope College|
|Research Advisor:||Dr. Paul DeYoung and Dr. Graham Peaslee|
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant No. PHY-0969058 and the Hope College Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences Office.
Cosmic rays, which are constantly penetrating the SuN detector, produce signals
in SuN similar to the γ radiation SuN is designed to detect. A cosmic-ray veto
detector was built in order to identify these signals and remove the background
from SuN data. The veto detector consists of 9 scintillator bars with a photomultiplier
tube on each end. These bars were mounted horizontally and will be placed above
the SuN detector in order to detect cosmic rays before they penetrate SuN.
Data will be taken with the SuN and the veto detector simultaneously and the
cosmic ray events will be removed offline. The first experiment with SuN and
the veto will be in the spring of 2014.
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