Muon Lifetime Determination

at Hobart and William Smith Colleges dept. of Physics

Fall 2019

A scintillating detector was used to measure the lifetime of muons that make it through the atmosphere and stop inside the detector. The resulting data was then filtered, processed and put into a histogram, and non-linear fitting was used to extract the lifetime of the muons. 

The μ(-) have additional mechanisms of decay compared to the μ(+). Integration time was long enough to differentiate between positively and negatively charged muons.

You can find the paper I wrote below. Analysis and lab work was done in collaboration with a partner.

Muon Paper

James Monaco

Electrical Engineering BE, Dartmouth '21

Chemistry and Physics BS, Hobart and William Smith '20


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