Title

Goniometer Implementation for HPGe Gamma Spectrometers

Document Type

Poster

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

The goal of this project was to design and assemble a low-cost apparatus for performing angular correlation measurements of gamma rays using the two HPGe gamma spectrometers owned by the CWU Physics Department. Angular correlation measurements evaluate the angular relationships between multiple gamma rays emitted in nuclear decay. These gamma rays have an associated angular momentum that determines the angular distribution of a second gamma ray. Measuring the angular correlation of gamma rays emitted by a particular isotope uses two gamma ray detectors set up equidistant from a source and oriented relative to each other over a range of angles. A feasible design that could be fabricated in the CWU Physics shop was designed using SOLIDWORKS and coordinated with the principal end user and the Physics Technician. Unfortunately, this project was unavoidably interrupted in-progress and has not yet been completed. The steps of the design process, final design, and future steps and plans will be presented.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael Braunstein

Department/Program

Physics

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/goniometer-implementation-for-hpge-gamma-spectrometers/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Goniometer Implementation for HPGe Gamma Spectrometers

Ellensburg

The goal of this project was to design and assemble a low-cost apparatus for performing angular correlation measurements of gamma rays using the two HPGe gamma spectrometers owned by the CWU Physics Department. Angular correlation measurements evaluate the angular relationships between multiple gamma rays emitted in nuclear decay. These gamma rays have an associated angular momentum that determines the angular distribution of a second gamma ray. Measuring the angular correlation of gamma rays emitted by a particular isotope uses two gamma ray detectors set up equidistant from a source and oriented relative to each other over a range of angles. A feasible design that could be fabricated in the CWU Physics shop was designed using SOLIDWORKS and coordinated with the principal end user and the Physics Technician. Unfortunately, this project was unavoidably interrupted in-progress and has not yet been completed. The steps of the design process, final design, and future steps and plans will be presented.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/88