Bulletin of the American Physical Society
2012 Fall Meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics
Volume 57, Number 9
Wednesday–Saturday, October 24–27, 2012; Newport Beach, California
Session EA: Conference Experience for Undergraduates Poster Session (2:00-4:00PM)
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Room: Plaza Arbor
Chair: Warren Rogers, Westmont College
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.DNP.EA.3
Abstract: EA.00003 : Active Target Simulation
We have simulated an existing experimental design to determine the resolution improvement upon energy measurements of neutron unbound nuclei. A number of experiments of this type have been performed at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), located at Michigan State University. An excited nucleus is typically produced with a radioactive beam interacting with a passive Beryllium target. Many different nuclei are produced in experiment, each of which immediately decays into a charged particle and neutron. The charged particles are detected and the neutrons interact in scintillation detectors such as the Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) and Large Multi-Institutional Scintillation Array (LISA). In our simulation, we have constructed an active target that provides additional information such that the point of nuclear interaction within the target may be determined. This information improves the resolution in decay energy measurements of neutron unbound isotopes. This presentation will cover some aspects of the simulation process, as well as showing some of the results that demonstrate the simulated improvement over a passive target.
To cite this abstract, use the following reference: http://meetings.aps.org/link/BAPS.2012.DNP.EA.3
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