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LLNL Clinic

posted Dec 29, 2013, 10:55 PM by Sean M. Messenger   [ updated Jan 1, 2014, 11:42 PM ]
First semester junior year I was on a HMC clinic team of four students working with the Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) to develop a method of automatic calibration for an antineutrino detector.

The team consisted of myself, a senior engineer, two senior physicists, and a physics professor as advisor. Clinic projects are year-long and I was on for a semester (as all junior engineers are). During that semester, we researched neutrino generations and scintillator operation, set up high speed electronics (sampling at 5 nanoseconds), took data while using a radiation source, and developed preliminary data analysis tools. 

My focus was on system parameterization and data analysis. 

For an extensive write-up of the project, please see our Midyear Report.