Simulations of silicon detector response in nuclear fission experiments : A study of the plasma delay time in an experiment performed at the Tandem lab

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Tillämpad kärnfysik; Uppsala universitet/Tillämpad kärnfysik

Abstract: The goal of the project was to simulate a typical silicon detectorresponse in an experiment made at the Tandem lab in Uppsala. The plasma delay time was analyzed by simulating the experiment. Three different models of the plasma delay time were introduced and their effects on time of flight measurements were studied. A continuation of the main goal was to see if the inserted PDT models could be extracted from the simulations when being treated as a pseudo experiment, to see theoverall effectiveness of the experiment. When comparing the final simulations with actual measurements, it was concluded that the main properties of the detector response had been featured and that the simulations were successful. The successful extraction of the inserted plasma delay times and their dependencies on energy also proved that the experiment was a good one. The result of the project was that one of the models seemed to have a strong mass dependence, however with no clear dependence on the energy. The other two models showed a somewhat similar dependence on energy. One of the two models also showed a relatively weak mass dependence.

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