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Design, Testing of a Prototype Heavy Gas Ring-Imaging Cherenkov (GRINCH) Detector

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Author: McLean, Christine
Advisor: Averett, Todd D.
Committee Members: Krakauer, Henry; Hinders, Mark K., 1963-
Issued Date: 7/17/2012
Subjects: Detectors
Cherenkov counters
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/16755
Description: The Jefferson Lab experiment E12-06-122 is an ongoing experiment that measures the contribution of quarks to neutron spin. An important part of this experiment is the Cherenkov detector, used to detect electrons scattered off a polarized 3He target. Cherenkov detectors make use of the phenomenon of Cherenkov light, produced when a particle moves faster than the speed of light in the medium through which it travels, to identify particles by velocity. The previous experiment used a Cherenkov detector that did not operate well in the high rate environment in which it operated. The purpose of this experiment is to design and test a prototype for a new Cherenkov detector that will work well in a high rate environment. This report gives an account of the design, setup, and early data analysis of this prototype detector.
Degree: Bachelors of Science in Physics

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