Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Physics and Astronomy
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
particle physics; hadron; babar; meson; multiplicity; photon
In this dissertation I present independent measurements of the multiplicities, R, of π0 and η mesons produced in annihilation interactions of electrons and positrons at a center-of-mass energy of 10.54 GeV. Data were collected using the BaBar detector at the PEP-II storage rings located at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. Both mesons have a decay mode to two photons, which is used to identify them and measure their production per event. I find R(π0) = 2.8±0.3 per event and R(η) = 0.25±0.03 per event. I also present my contributions to software development for the Mu2e Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Berg, Jake W., "Study of neutral hadron production in a high intensity particle physics experiment." (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3632.