Identifier

etd-11092009-120419

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

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 antineutrinos.

Date

2009

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Metcalf, William

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