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Event Classification in Liquid Scintillator Using PMT Hit Patterns

for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Searches

  • Jack┬áDunger
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Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jack Dunger
    Pages 47-67
  3. Jack Dunger
    Pages 69-87
  4. Jack Dunger
    Pages 89-100
  5. Jack Dunger
    Pages 137-150
  6. Jack Dunger
    Pages 151-166
  7. Jack Dunger
    Pages 209-209
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-223

About this book

Introduction

The search for neutrinoless double beta decay is one of the highest priority areas in particle physics today; it could provide insights to the nature of neutrino masses (currently not explained by the Standard Model) as well as how the universe survived its early stages. One promising experimental approach involves the use of large volumes of isotope-loaded liquid scintillator, but new techniques for background identification and suppression must be developed in order to reach the required sensitivity levels and clearly distinguish the signal. The results from this thesis constitute a significant advance in this area, laying the groundwork for several highly effective and novel approaches based on a detailed evaluation of state-of-the-art detector characteristics. This well written thesis includes a particularly clear and comprehensive description of the theoretical motivations as well as impressively demonstrating the effective use of diverse statistical techniques. The professionally constructed signal extraction framework contains clever algorithmic solutions to efficient error propagation in multi-dimensional space. In general, the techniques developed in this work will have a notable impact on the field.

Keywords

Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay Liquid Scintillator Detectors Particle ID Slow Scintillators Bayesian Signal Extraction Particle Reconstruction in Liquid Scintillator Ortho-positronium in Liquid Scintillation

Authors and affiliations

  • Jack┬áDunger
    • 1
  1. 1.Merantix AGBerlinGermany

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