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Pohlman, Nicholas A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Particles (Nuclear physics); Electron beams; Muons


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will be conducting the high energy particle physics experiment Muons to Electrons (Mu2e). In this experiment, physicists will attempt to wit- ness and understand an ultra-rare process which is the conversion of a muon into the lighter mass electron, without creating additional neutrinos. The experiment is conducted by rst generating a proton beam which will be collided into a target within the production solenoid (PS). This creates a high intensity muon beam which passes through a transport solenoid (TS) and into the detector solenoid (DS). In the detector solenoid the muons will be stopped in an aluminum target and a series of detectors will measure the electrons produced. These components have been named the DS train since they are coupled and travel on a rail system when being inserted or extracted from the DS. To facilitate the installation and removal of the DS train, a set of external stands and a support stand for the instrumentation feed- through bulkhead (IFB) have been designed. Full analysis of safety factors and performance of these two designs has been completed. The detector solenoid itself will need to be main- tained to a temperature of 22°C ±10°C. This will minimize thermal strain and ensure the accurate position of the components is maintained to the tolerance of ±2 mm. To reduce the thermal gradient, a passive heating system has been developed and reported.


Advisors: Nicholas A. Pohlman.||Committee members: David Hedin; Pradip Majumdar.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


xi, 78 pages




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