Identifier

etd-01092008-082825

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Research is presented that was performed to determine possible locations for a full scale Salt Dome Shower Array (SalSA) neutrino telescope sensitive to energies from TeV ($10^{12}$ eV), PeV ($10^{15}$ eV), and EeV ($10^{18}$ eV) neutrinos. A detector to test possible site locations was designed around a half-Watt Ham radio to transmit short pulses of 145.500 MHz radiation. The research began by designing the system. Several phases of design took place as the system was refined and calibrated. Once finished, it was taken into a field and tested. The objective was to determine how the signals depended on distance. In principle, there should have been a linear relationship between distance and voltage. After successful testing, the system will be taken to a salt mine to accurately determine the index of refraction and attenuation length of that particular mine's salt.

Date

2008

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Michael Cherry

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