Title page for ETD etd-11092009-120419

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Coleman, William Fitzgerald
Author's Email Address wcolem2@lsu.edu
URN etd-11092009-120419
Title Testing of GdCl3 Doping in Water Cherenkov Antineutrino Detectors
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Physics & Astronomy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Metcalf, William Committee Chair
Kutter, Thomas Committee Member
Svoboda, Robert Committee Member
Young , David Committee Member
Mohammad, Louay Dean's Representative
  • GdCl3
  • Cherenkov
  • Antineutrino
  • Reactor
Date of Defense 2009-10-30
Availability unrestricted
Improved neutron and neutrino detection using water Cherenkov detectors loaded with

gadolinium has been proposed for potential application in both large and small volume

detectors. In this thesis, work performed to determine the effect on transparency resulting

from use of GdCl3 in stainless steel constructed water Cherenkov detectors is presented.

In addition, results of an experiment performed using a small volume water Cherenkov de-

tector are reported. This was the first use of gadolinium loaded water to detect reactor


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