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How can an electron fake a jet?

This is a question for experimentalists. I have seen in several ATLAS papers (see for example chapter 4 in arXiv:1602.09058, 6th paragraph), that after objects have been correctly identified, any jet ...
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What photomultiplier failure causes a zero signal?

I have a photomultiplier detector that suddenly stopped working. Usually I would have expected damage to occur over time by overexcitation, leaving a distorted signal. Now I'm unsure whether the PMT ...
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Estimating “attributes” of a single photoelectric interaction

Disclaimer: I'm a mathematics grad student working on medical imaging. My knowledge of physics and physical intuition is, for the most part, quite poor. Question: I've been reading a lot about the ...
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How to see alpha radiation

Hello I am looking to replicate the double-slit experiment using alpha radiation from a sample of Polonium-210. Keep in mind that I would need to put it in a vacuum so cloud chambers would not work. I ...
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How to observe neutrinos?

I know that neutrinos are the weakly interacting particles[possibly zero mass] that can pass through matter without any effect which makes them very difficult to detect. But I have heard that they ...
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What are the main issues limiting resolution of gamma ray detectors?

Current gamma ray detector resolution is far from diffraction limited. For example, Swift's Burst Alert Telescope has a resolution of 1-4 arcminutes for gamma ray bursts (Wikipedia:Swift). My ...
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Ideas for extending Muon-Life-Time experiment?

Background: I'm teaching a lab experiment for measuring the Muon lifetime. The experiment is a big tube of scintillator attached to a PMT. The muon entering the scintillator generates a reading in the ...
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What is the meaning of the minimum separation requirement?

In this work, BHsearch done by CMS, they reconstructed and identified objects using certain conditions. And finally, in Page 3, the last paragraph requires that the minimum separation between any two ...
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Particle lifetime doesn't depend upon longitudinal momentum

I am writing a report on an analysis of the $B_{s}$ meson from CDF data, and as part of the lifetime analysis, I have noted down that: $$\tau = \frac{l_{xy} m_{B_{s}}}{p_{T}}$$ Where $l_{xy}$ is the ...
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Is a DIY neutrino detector feasible?

How long does a neutrino detector filled with distilled water need to be to pick up neutrinos from one direction at about the level of a distant star within our galaxy? Would an off the shelf ...
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How do modern particle detectors identify and segregate different particles

What is the specific particle detector technology used at CERN or similar Institutions. Is it essentially a big digital camera? When said particles are detected, how are they segregated, How does this ...
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Detection of radioactive iodine at trash dumps [closed]

I have a cat that is getting radioactive iodine therapy and I am told I must flush the litter for 2 weeks because if I throw it away normally the dump will detect the radiation and fine me. This ...
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Is a deviation from the equal flavor ratio of neutrinos ruled out experimentally?

Neutrinos have a lifetime which exceeds the lifetime of our universe. Therefore we measure an equal ratio of all three neutrino flavors, 1:1:1. However, lets assume that the heavier neutrinos can ...
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Are Geiger counters isotope-specific?

I was talking with an employee at a company that does I-131 therapy for hyperthyroidism and they said that the Geiger counters they use are "tuned" for I-131, implying that regular Geiger counters are ...
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How would you build a small cyclotron (particle accelerator)? [closed]

I heard Michio Kaku built a small cyclotron when he was young. I bought a book called "Principles of charged particle acceleration" where it explains the basic functioning of particle accelerators. ...
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How do you detect a photon without consuming it?

In double slit experiment, they say they can put a detector after the slit so they know exactly which slit the photon has passed. But if you successfully detect a photon, isn't the photon also ...
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Detection of the He-nuclei in the historical Rutherford scattering experiment

Which method did Rutherford use to detect the Helium nuclei in his scattering experiment?
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How to intergate the cross section over the surface of a detector?

My beam moves along the $X$ axis. I know the cross section $\frac{d \sigma}{d \Omega}$. My rectangular detector is perpendicular to the $XY$ plane and its surface is perpendicular to the line ...
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What exactly is measured in a e.g. hadronic calorimeter - momentum or energy of a particle?

I got a little puzzled with the concept of hadronic/electromagnetic calorimeter. Do they measure the energy of the particle e.g. an electron, like the first entry of the four-momentum, or the ...
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What keeps charge from “spreading” in a CCD pixel?

In a CCD, you generally have a photosensitive substrate (e.g. n-doped silicon) that is attached to a network of electrodes that, after exposure, will move the charge, allowing the CCD to be "read". ...
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What does “fully depleted” mean?

In many papers/articles on CCDs, particularly those used for dark energy surveys and dark matter detection, the term "fully depleted CCD" is used. What does this mean? References: ...
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Can we detect a photon's direction?

The question of if a photon even has a direction may be up for interpretation, but I wanted to know if it's possible for a device to absorb most light from every which direction and only detect light ...
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landau distribution as a model of charge deposition in silicon detector

I am would like to know if it is any explanation why the charge collected by the detector can is model by the Landau distribution. Is it any deeper explanation instead of "it is working" ? I look ...
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Detectable interactions in Cherenkov detectors

What are the possible (and at least somewhat probable) particle interactions that could leave a signal in a cherenkov detector (such as super-k)? One source suggested there would be inverse beta ...
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Why did scientists use a zinc-sulfide coated screen to detect the alpha, beta, and gamma radiation?

How does a zinc-sulfide coated screen work, and how does it manage to detect high-frequency radiation, electrons, and helium? Could it be possible that a delta ray managed to somehow slip past ...
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How do tracking detectors in particle accelerators create the pretty pictures we see?

I have read several sources about tracking detectors used in particle accelerators like LHC, but still have not found a more detailed source that can still be understood by a layperson like myself. I ...
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Why are high energies needed in collision experiments?

Why are high energies needed in collision experiments? I believe it has something to do with the interactions needed between particles to find other particles only happening at high energies? Is this ...
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Does elementary particle emit photon?

Charged particles are accelerated by the magnetic field in a particle collider before allowed to smash together at specific location where the detectors are housed. My question is do the ...
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Fiducial volume in collider/detector physics

I'm trying to make some sense of ATLAS measurements for a personal project to learn how to use Pythia, and part of my work requires me to recreate the distribution for Z boson decay. I encountered the ...
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Predict spread of signal peak in particle physics experiments, due to detector resolution

I am working on an LHCb experiment, in particular the $B^0 \rightarrow K^{*0} \gamma$ decay. The $K^{*0}$ decays into $K^+$ and $\pi^-$. So the decay products of the decay are $\gamma, K^+ $and $ ...
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Is it possible to use hot cloudy water as a cloud chamber?

This morning I got some warm water from the shower head to a dark plastic basin to wash some sensitive clothes. During the process lots of tiny bubbles got into the water so it had a cloudy ...
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Rejecting background in $B$-meson decay

I want to reconstruct the $B$ mass from the decay $$ B^0 \rightarrow K^{0*} \gamma \quad\text{ where }\quad K^{0*} \rightarrow K^{+} \pi^{-} $$ and the equivalent antiparticle decay. A key element in ...
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Trace of gamma particle

Can we have a detector, making traces of gamma particles (gamma photons) visible? Usually they are invisible until pair born or something. UPDATE G-M tube can detect gamma particles. Can we put ...
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Particle physics plots: on the x-axis, Mass or (Mass)$^2$?

This might be very silly, but I have seen particle physics graphs plotted against $mc^2$ and others plotted against $(mc^2)^2$, which is actually the invariant $p_{\mu}p^{\mu}$. Is there a physical ...
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Why, in particle physcis experiments, the background is sometimes a decaying exponential?

Take, as an example, the Higgs boson finding: But the same is found in many other particle physics detector graphs... **Why is the shape of the background a decaying exponential? ** At least ...
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“Double-counting” in particle detectors

Apparently, when analysing events from particle detectors, one may incur in double-counting, which happens when a physics object appears as a single object of its own type, but it may also be ...
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How are quarks and leptons detected experimentally?

How are quarks and leptons (including subatomic particles) detected in the laboratory,especially when most hadrons and leptons have a lifespan for a considerable small amount of time?Also how do we ...
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Photon yield of NaI

We have to calculate the photon yield of the scintillator NaI. We have measured his pulse height spectrum but we have no idea how to solve this problem. Can someone explain it? The source that we used ...
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can we detect the photons in the interaction of two charged bodies?

if the interaction of two charged bodies is through the photon exchange: 1) how much is the energy of these photons and how do we calculate their energies? 2) can these photons be detected by a photon ...
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Do twice more atoms absorb twice more photons?

Let's assume you have a photon detector that detect individual photons striking it when exposed to a weak light source. Now let's assume you somehow managed to make a denser detector from the same ...
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Radiation Safety of some Particle Accelerators in CERN?

I am trying to study the radiation safety and what kind of roles are required there with particle accelerators. Radiation safety groups of CERN is here. I contacted their a few members of them. I ...
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How would gravitons be detected? [duplicate]

How would gravitons be detected indirectly or directly, in space or on earth? And what experiments are going on to find gravitons?
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Convolution of Gaussian with exponential decay?

I need to convolve an exponential decay (defined as the exponential $Ae^{-\lambda t}$ from $0$ to $+\infty$) with a Gaussian of known standard deviation $\sigma$, in other words I need to compute the ...
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Using tracking detector in a double slit experiment, what would we see?

Let's say we put tracking detector (eg. a cloud chamber or a more advanced device) behind the double slits. What would we see? I think the interference pattern is three dimensional. So there are ...
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How doesn't an ionization chamber leak?

I'm sure my understanding of an ionization chamber is incorrect, so please point out the error. Suppose we are using an sealed ionization chamber to detect the energies (trajectories) of a particular ...
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Resolution of experiment is lower than the detector, so how to weigh the data?

I am attempting to create an atomic model based on data from a transmission electron microscope (TEM). Basically you shoot electrons at bunch of identical molecules stuck to a grid, and look at the ...
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Sensitivity of Cloud Chamber

I have been watching some videos on cloud chambers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efgy1bV2aQo and they are quite amazing. What I can't figure out, is why aren't these chambers over loaded with ...
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Neutrinos at Super-Kamiokande

Why did the Super-Kamiokande experiment detect half the number of neutrinos emanating from below the earth as from above it?
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Detecting negative energy products in particle accelerators

Are the detectors in a typical particle accelerator experiment, either in Fermilab, or now in LHC, sensitive to negative energy particles? How would a negative energy particle, (say, a negative ...
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How can a detector distinguish between a photon and a gluon

Considering that both gluons and photons have no mass, no charge and spin 1, I was wondering how one can tell the difference, if they hit a detector after a collision at the LHC. I know that gluons ...