the tools used to detect (and sometimes) characterize ionizing radiation. This tag is appropriate for question about the characteristics and behavior of all such devices from the simplest Geiger-Muller tube, to the compound monsters used by high-energy experiments to the mega-ton instrumented volume ...

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how can I detect cosmic muons from background?

Is there anything I should be careful with if I would like to detect muon at sea level? Noise background? Threshold? Even signals from other particle with stronger flux rate?
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How are the standard model and the Higgs boson actually confirmed experimentally in practice?

This is my mental picture on how we can make predictions from a theory (I'm not a physicist so this might be quite wrong) : Typically, we solve a partial differential equation (analytically if we can,...
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What is $p_T$? (transverse momentum?)

I've been looking at a few papers in experimental physics (from the ATLAS collaboration, for example) and I've often run across phrases such as "high-$p_T$ electron." What exactly is $p_T$? Is it ...
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Transverse momentum [duplicate]

I'm having an introduction on detector systems in particle physics. The sources I read constantly talk about the measurement of "transverse momentum". However, I cannot find a definition of what is ...
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Exercise: Calculating Q-value for $D_0 \to \chi_s^-e^+\nu_e$

Question Is the following methodology correct in calculating the Q-value (change in kinetic energy) for the $D^0 \to \chi_s^-e^+\nu_e$ decay process? Steps The change in kinetic energy is ...
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How does one detect a single photon?

I understand the double slit experiment up until the point that we begin "detecting" single photons. What does it mean to detect. You cant place a camera in the slit because that would capture the ...
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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 does the data in various stages of analysis from a particle collision look like?

I've been following the news around the work they are doing at the LHC particle accelerator in CERN. I am wondering what the raw data that is used to visualize the collisions looks like. Maybe someone ...
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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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Reference for solid state particle detector

I'm looking for a good introductory text on solid state devices for particle detection.
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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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Effect of wavelength on photon detection

When some photon detector detects a photon, is it an instantaneous process (because a photon can be thought of as a point particle), or does the detection require a finite amount of time depending on ...
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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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Proton flux model or data at energy range up to 100 keV

I am looking for a model or at best the database of proton fluxes (solar p+) at a energy range of some eV up to 100 keV. I have already found the SOHO database: http://umtof.umd.edu/pm/ But the ...
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Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon?

Just a simple question. Does a muon detector on Earth's surface correctly measure the mean lifetime of a muon? I would think the answer is no because most muons detected are created about 15 km above ...
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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 momentum,...
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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: http://arxiv.org/...
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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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Is it feasible to measure the energy of cosmic ray muons with a consumer Digital Single Lens Reflex camera?

I have read this article SIBBERNSEN, Kendra. Catching Cosmic Rays with a DSLR. Astronomy Education Review, 2010, 9: 010111. and it talks about estimating the muon cosmic ray flux by means of a DSLR ...
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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 byproducts(...
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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 $ \pi^...
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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 ...