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Monte Carlo simulation and resolution study of the η → e+e decay in the WASA-at-COSY detector
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Nuclear Physics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Monte Carlo simulering och upplösningsstudier av sönderfallet η → e+e i WASA-at-COSY detektorn (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

A comparative study is done on the Mini Drift Chamber (MDC) and the Scintillating Electromagnetic Calorimeter (SEC), two main components of the WASA detector. The purpose of the study is to determine the most effective way to calculate the mass of the η−meson by determining the invariant mass of the final products in the η → e+e decay. When calculating the invariant mass of the lepton pair the distribution from the MDC had a standard deviation of σMDC = (4.212 ± 0.080) · 10−2 GeV/c2 and from the SEC σSEC = (3.563±0.011)·10−2 GeV/c2. To get a precise measurement, events with a lepton scattering at a polar angle below 30 have to be rejected, and to achieve highest precision, it is favorable to use the SEC for momenta above 0.28 GeV/c and the MDC below, respectively. In this study, a combined method is developed which results in an invariant mass resolution of σMix = (3.341±0.012)·10−2 GeV/c2. Thus, the combined method gives a small improvement compared to using the SEC alone, but a considerable improvement compared to using only the MDC.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Resolution study, MDC, SEC, Monte Carlo, eta meson, rare decay, invariant mass
National Category
Subatomic Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-229749OAI: diva2:737414
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Physics
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-08-12 Last updated: 2014-09-11Bibliographically approved

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