Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Physics and Astronomy

Document Type



Measurements of parity symmetry violation in nuclear reactions with polarized neutrons can provide valuable information on hadronic weak interaction. We have conducted an analysis of experimental error in the measurement of the parity violating eect in the n3He experiment. several experimental parameters have been optimized to minimize statistical error using numerical simulations. An analysis of systematic error due to diferential cross-section dependence on energy as well as on false parity conserving asymmetries was also conducted. Our results suggest that the proposed parameters of the experiment will suficiently suppress all sources of error under consideration. Furthermore, these approaches may be effectively applied to examine potential sources of error in other experiments using neutrons to measure P-violating or even CP-violating effects.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Ivan Novikov


Chemistry | Physics