A Study of Neutron Production by Cosmic Muons in Liquid Scintillator

dc.contributor.advisorLau, Kwong
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBellwied, Rene
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHungerford, Ed V.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPinsky, Lawrence S.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVilalta, Ricardo
dc.creatorLin, Shih-kai 1978-
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-18T20:21:37Z
dc.date.available2016-11-18T20:21:37Z
dc.date.createdDecember 2014
dc.date.issued2014-12
dc.date.updated2016-11-18T20:21:39Z
dc.description.abstractThe Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment is designed to measure the neutrino mixing angle, θ_13, with a sensitivity of sin^2(2θ_13) < 0.01 at 90% confidence level. Neutrons produced by cosmic muon spallation constitute one of the main backgrounds, and an understanding of the neutron yield of a muon is important. Since Daya Bay has a very good muon tracking system, muon tracks can be reconstructed accurately. The neutron yield can be determined by constructing a fiducial volume around each muon track. The neutron yield is found to be of the order of 10^−4 cm^2 /µ/g for each experimental hall of Daya Bay. The results show a gradual dependence on muon energy, and are in agreement with other measurements. Since Daya Bay is capable of measuring energy deposition, the neutron events show enhanced energy deposition.
dc.description.departmentPhysics, Department of
dc.format.digitalOriginborn digital
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10657/1606
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsThe author of this work is the copyright owner. UH Libraries and the Texas Digital Library have their permission to store and provide access to this work. Further transmission, reproduction, or presentation of this work is prohibited except with permission of the author(s).
dc.subjectDaya Bay
dc.subjectNeutrinos
dc.subjectMuons
dc.subjectNeutrons
dc.titleA Study of Neutron Production by Cosmic Muons in Liquid Scintillator
dc.type.dcmiText
dc.type.genreThesis
thesis.degree.collegeCollege of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
thesis.degree.departmentPhysics, Department of
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysics
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Houston
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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