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Pohlman, Nicholas A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


Particle tracking within the Mu2e experiment can be accomplished through regulating the rate of capture at the stopping target with the addition of a thin, low atomic weight material, the “degrader.” Investigation of Mu2e studies and simulations provide initial data for degrader design. The overall thickness of the degrader plus structural components must fit between the last two solenoids during operation and resist displacement. The degrader area, perpendicular to the beamline, must exceed that of the stopping target during alignment and be able to clear outer diameters of the beamline components. Structural analysis will ensure all dimensional constraints are met and allow precision location placement during insertion and retraction. The unique environments of the Mu2e experiment, vacuum and radiation within a high magnetic field, create complicated restrictions on the necessary components. Details of the XX are provided for engineering analysis and review.


99 pages




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