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ORCID 0009-0006-4011-1663

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The ATLAS Detector is one of four different types of detectors within the Large Hadron Collider and is used to study the fundamental theories of the universe. Within the ATLAS experiment, beams of known composition and energies – otherwise known as “test beams” – are one of the many methods used to study specific physical phenomena. In this study, a test beam of muons with an energy of 160 GeV was analyzed to search for evidence of photonuclear interactions. This necessitated analyzing and filtering over 50,000 total events using specific parameters that would indicate such an event had occurred. To do this, a mapping of the energy distribution between cells within the Tile Calorimeter for specific modules was created, although the results of this showed the probability of a photonuclear interaction occurrence was unlikely. Still, more work needs to be done to continue the search for photonuclear interaction events within this run of data.


Elementary Particles and Fields and String Theory | Nuclear | Quantum Physics

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Faculty Mentor of Honors Project

Haleh Hadavand



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