I am currently finishing optimizing the equipment for the cosmic rays and will soon be taking cosmic ray data from around Faraday Hall and La Tourette. I’ll be taking data from around the building because the amount of cosmic rays that hits the sensors depends on the surroundings, e.g. near windows will increase cosmic ray hits. Thankfully, the test stand has wheels which will allow it to be easy to cart around. I am still learning more about what will be done next and how discrepencies will be applied such as energy loss through matter and how to account for noise probability for the cosmic rays. (Noise is when the equipment will read out a cosmic ray hit when it actually isn’t. This happens at a certain probability and this probability can be calculated for the chance that it occurs in every sensor.
Working with my faculty mentor has been extremely helpful to me and luckily I also have the opportunity to work with Dr. Eads, another professor who works in high energy physics. This is beneficial because it gives me multiple people to seek help from and guide me in the research process. They are also both up to date on current data analysis techniques and programs that will help with the analysis.