Exploring the proton spin : neutron asymmetry as recorded by zero degree calorimeters : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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dc.contributor.advisor Grosnick, David Paul, 1955- en_US
dc.contributor.author Bitters, Melissa B. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-06T18:27:58Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-06T18:27:58Z
dc.date.created 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.other A-329 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/189511
dc.description.abstract The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory is used to probe the subatomic structure of matter. STAR (Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC) is one of four major detectors positioned at different places around the RHIC ring to observe the collision of two particle beams. Furthermore, one specific project of STAR is to analyze how quark, gluons, and orbital angular momentum contribute to the proton spin. Spin is a particle's intrinsic angular momentum, a property of particles as basic as mass and electrical charge. In addition, by colliding beams of polarized protons, physicists can examine the structure underlying the proton's spin. In order to help advance the understanding of the proton spin, my research focuses on detectors that at very forward positions record the asymmetry of neutrons produced by collisions. As energy levels are increased beyond the level of 250 billion electron volts (GeV), the Zero Degree Calorimeter (ZDC) detector is the only detector that is able to record the asymmetry.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.format.extent 22 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Physics. en_US
dc.title Exploring the proton spin : neutron asymmetry as recorded by zero degree calorimeters : an honors thesis (HONRS 499) en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis
dc.description.degree Thesis (B.?.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1373132 en_US

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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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