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Exploration of Accuracy and Precision of Di-Counters in the Mu2e Project Using ROOT

Presenters Name: 
Kiersten Bond
Co Presenters Name: 
Primary Research Mentor: 
Craig Group
12:30 - 1:45
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
Presentation Type: 
Presentations Academic Category: 
Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

The Mu2e project intends to observe a lepton flavor violation (LFV), a conversion of a muon into an electron; this conversion is heavily suppressed by the Standard Model, the most widely-accepted theory that describes particle interactions, which means that experimental evidence of the LFV will have significant implications in particle physics. This study focuses on quality testing the di-counters fabricated in UVA’s High Energy Physics Lab, which will collect signals from the particle collisions studied by the Mu2e experiment. The goal of this research project is to evaluate the effectiveness of building strategies employed to fabricate the detectors that will be used by Mu2e, and assess whether the process can be improved. I will analyze data collected using a particle test beam incident on the detectors in an analysis program, ROOT, to identify trends that may indicate problems in the detectors or their fabrication process. If the data shows that all the completed di-counters are collecting precise data, then it is evident that the process used to create them is sufficiently reliable. If this is true, then the next step will be to maximize the efficiency of the process where possible. It is possible, that the data will show a trend of mistakes or errors that can be traced back to different stages of the fabrication process. In this case, we know that one of stages is either designed or executed poorly and revisions to the process must occur. The project will aid in identifying wasteful procedures, which will help ensure that the Mu2e project can collect the most accurate data possible.