Building Interference with Muon Detection
What did you do this week?:
This week, June 6th through June 10th, 3 students wanted to see if mouns are absorbed by the building material of the Olin Physics building. Student brought detectors to the 1st floor, 2nd floor, 3rd floor and 4th floor of the building and ran a muon flux study.
Why did you do that?:
In a previous experiment with Dr. Mark Adams these students were able to see a difference between muon flux from the window and from the concrete block wall. the data was collected over the past 4 days changing up the floors and time muon counts were made. A poster of the study was uploaded and place on the quarknet portal website.
What are you doing next?:
Students will be working in a group of 3 to determine if muons or particles can be detected with the paddles in the presence of an electromagnetic field. Students will make an electromagnetic field and position it above the paddles to see if coincidence rates change as power is increased for the EMF. The EMF will be recorded using a hand held Guass meter and will be correlated with muon flux.
Why are you doing that?:
Students want to know how Muon specific the paddles are. Will the particles emitted by the Electromagnet be detected by the paddles and if so will orientation of the magnet have an effect on counts