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dc.contributor.advisorNapolitano, Jim
dc.creatorLandschoot, Danielle
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-02T14:46:26Z
dc.date.available2020-11-02T14:46:26Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/2070
dc.description.abstractThe Precision Reactor Oscillation and SPECTrum Experiment (PROSPECT) is designed to probe short baseline oscillations of electron antineutrinos in search of eV-scale sterile neutrinos and precisely measure the U-235 reactor antineutrino spectrum from the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The PROSPECT antineutrino detector (AD) provides excellent background rejection and position resolution due to its segmented design and use of Li-6-loaded liquid scintillator. In order to understand relative volume variation effects, which could affect an oscillation measurement, Ac-227 was added as a calibration source that was dissolved isotropically throughout the liquid scintillator. Using the correlated production of alphas from Rn-219 -> Po-215 -> Pb-211 in the Ac-227 decay chain I measured the rate of Ac-227 in each segment of the detector as well as the decay rate of Ac-227 events over the lifetime of the detector. The measured Ac-227 half-life suggests a rate of events falling 1.56 +/- 0.21% faster than expectation. The results of these studies were then applied as corrections to the measurement of antineutrino event rates as a function of distance from the reactor. This thesis will present the testing of Ac-227 as a calibration source before its addition to the AD, analysis methods, results of Ac-227 in the AD, and its application to the oscillation analysis.
dc.format.extent135 pages
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTemple University. Libraries
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dc.subjectPhysics
dc.subjectNuclear Physics and Radiation
dc.subjectNeutrino
dc.subjectNeutrino Oscillation
dc.subjectProspect
dc.titleShort-Wavelength Reactor Neutrino Oscillations with the PROSPECT Experiment
dc.typeText
dc.type.genreThesis/Dissertation
dc.contributor.committeememberJones, Donald
dc.contributor.committeememberIavarone, Maria
dc.contributor.committeememberMartoff, Charles Jeffrey
dc.contributor.committeememberDolinski, Michelle
dc.description.departmentPhysics
dc.relation.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/2052
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dc.description.degreePh.D.
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