Studies in High Energy Particle Physics
by Alex George
supervisors: Dr. Tim Bolton & Dr. Glenn Horton-Smith
Welcome! This page will summarize my experience doing an REU (what’s that?) with Dr. Tim Bolton and Dr. Glenn Horton-Smith in the area of High Energy Particle Physics. Dr. Bolton and Dr. Horton-Smith are working on two main projects: KamLAND (in Japan) and Double Chooz (in France), studying neutrino and anti-neutrino oscillations. I am working to simulate, model, and ultimately understand the spill-in/spill-out effect as it applies to the Double Chooz project. I will also, as part of this project, go to the KamLAND site in Japan to take data.
Week One: Choosing Research Groups & Reading Background Materials.
Week Two: More Background Reading, Learning C++, and my first Simulation
Week Three: Learning the “real” software – DOGS, ROOT, and GEANT-4
Week Four: Learning the “real” software, continued
Week Five: Spill-in/Spill-out – extent of effect
Week Six: Spill-in/Spill-out – extent of effect, continued
Week Seven: Spill-in/Spill-out – extent of effect, continued
Week Eight: Visiting Fermilab!
Weeks 9 and 10 (as well as week 11!) will be spent in Japan, taking data on the KamLAND detector at the Superkamiokande Research Facility. I do not anticipate having the means to update my website from Japan, nor do I plan to return to Kansas after the trip. However, this website may well be in its final form already!