Title page for ETD etd-01092008-082825

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Marsh, Jarrod Christopher
Author's Email Address jcm177@msstate.edu
URN etd-01092008-082825
Title Feasibility Testing for SalSA Neutrino Astrophysics Project
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Physics & Astronomy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Michael Cherry Committee Chair
Dana Browne Committee Member
Rob Hynes Committee Member
  • Tone Burst
  • Index of Refraction
Date of Defense 2007-12-15
Availability unrestricted
Research is presented that was performed to determine possible locations for a full scale Salt Dome Shower Array (SalSA) neutrino telescope sensitive to energies from TeV ($10^{12}$ eV), PeV ($10^{15}$ eV), and EeV ($10^{18}$ eV) neutrinos. A detector to test possible site locations was designed around a half-Watt Ham radio to transmit short pulses of 145.500 MHz radiation. The research began by designing the system. Several phases of design took place as the system was refined and calibrated. Once finished, it was taken into a field and tested. The objective was to determine how the signals depended on distance. In principle, there should have been a linear relationship between distance and voltage. After successful testing, the system will be taken to a salt mine to accurately determine the index of refraction and attenuation length of that particular mine's salt.
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