Type of Document Dissertation Author Coleman, William Fitzgerald Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Keywords
Date of Defense 2009-10-30 Availability unrestricted AbstractImproved 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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