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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Pulse shape discrimination studies in liquid argon for the DEAP-1 detector

Lidgard, Jeffrey Jack 25 April 2008 (has links)
A detector with a target mass of 7 kg of liquid argon was designed, constructed and operated at Queen’s University. This detector is a scaled model for the DEAP project toward a tonne-scale argon detector to search for the WIMP candidate of the so far undetected, dark matter of the universe. The primary intent of the scaled detector was to measure the achievable level to reject background events by use of pulse shape discrimination, being based upon the scintillation timing properties of liquid argon. After refining the apparatus and components, the detector was in operation from the 20th of August until the 16th of October 2007 before being moved to its current location in SNOLAB. During this time, a population of 31 million well-tagged gamma events were collected, of which 15.8 million were in the energy range of interest for calibration. This population was sufficient to demonstrate the discrimination of background events by pulse shape discrimination at the level of 6.3 × 10-8. An analytical model was constructed, based on the scintillation processes and detector response, and has been sufficiently investigated to make predictions of further achievable discrimination. / Thesis (Master, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) -- Queen's University, 2008-04-25 01:39:39.121

Alpha backgrounds in the DEAP dark matter search experiment.

Pollmann, TINA 10 August 2012 (has links)
One of the pressing concerns in Dark Matter detection experiments is ensuring that the potential signal from exceedingly rare Dark Matter interactions is not obscured by background from interactions with more common particles. This work focuses on the ways in which alpha particles from primordial isotopes in the DEAP detector components can cause background events in the region of interest for Dark Matter search, based on both Monte Carlo simulations and data from the DEAP-1 prototype detector. The DEAP experiment uses liquid argon as a target for Dark Matter interactions and relies on the organic electroluminescent dye tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) to shift the UV argon scintillation light to the visible range. The light yield and pulse shape of alpha particle induced scintillation of TPB, which is an essential input parameter for the simulations, was experimentally determined. An initial mismatch between simulated and measured background spectra could be explained by a model of geometric background events, which was experimentally confirmed and informed the design of certain parts of the DEAP-3600 detector that is under construction at the moment. Modification of the DEAP-1 detector geometry based on this model led to improved background rates. The remaining background was well described by the simulated spectra, and competitive limits on the contamination of acrylic with primordial isotopes were obtained. Purity requirements for the DEAP-3600 detector components were based on this work. The design and testing of a novel large area TPB deposition source, which will be used to make TPB coatings for the DEAP-3600 detector, is described. / Thesis (Ph.D, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy) -- Queen's University, 2012-08-09 13:12:52.26

Local Group Analogues

Speller, Ryan January 2012 (has links)
The abundance of satellite galaxies is a critical small-scale test of the standard cosmological model. From comparing the predictions of structure formation in simulations with observations of Local Group dwarf galaxies there is a clear mismatch in the abundance, leading to the so-called “missing satellites” problem. The comparison between simulation and observation have, however, suffered from a limited sample of satellite galaxies, with the only reasonably complete sample being from the most local galaxy groups. It is unknown whether the observed abundance of dwarf satellite galaxies of the nearest groups is statistically representative of the abundance of dwarf satellites in the greater universe. We construct a volume-limited sample of galaxies down to a well-defined stellar mass limit (M★ ≥ 6 × 109 Msun ) using the Atlas3D parent sample of spiral and ellipsoidal galaxies by Cappellari et al. 2011. In order to statistically identify bound satellites around galaxies in our primary catalogue, we apply cuts on the background based on the properties of known dwarf satellites of the Local Group using both the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 8 (SDSS DR8) (http://www.sdss3.org/dr8/) spectroscopic and photometric galaxy catalogues. We detect an over-density of faint objects at projected separations of < 500 kpc at S/N ∼ 8, corresponding to an average of 4.8 ± 0.65 satellite detections per primary after stacking these systems and subtracting the background. We further find that the over-density of faint objects strongly depends on primary morphology and magnitude. While the Milky Way seems to be unusual in its number of bright satellites, our faint end satellite abundances are in agreement from the ∆m luminosity function for primaries in our sample as bright as the Milky Way. Our work has extended the work of previous authors by several magnitudes further down the faint end of the luminosity function.

Constraining galaxy bias and cosmology using galaxy clustering data

Zheng, Zheng, January 2004 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Ohio State University, 2004. / Title from first page of PDF file. Document formatted into pages; contains xix, 302 p. : ill. (some col.). Advisor: David H. Weinberg, Department of Astronomy. Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-302).

Dark and luminous matter in bright spiral galaxies

Kassin, Susan Alice Joan, January 2004 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Ohio State University, 2004. / Title from first page of PDF file. Document formatted into pages; contains xiv, 86 p.; also includes graphics. Includes bibliographical references (p. 83-86).

Constraining cosmology with the Halo occupation distribution

Tinker, Jeremy L. January 2005 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Ohio State University, 2005. / Title from first page of PDF file. Document formatted into pages; contains xviii, 319 p.; also includes graphics. Includes bibliographical references (p. 310-319). Available online via OhioLINK's ETD Center

Dark Matter and Supersymmetry in the LHC Era

Raj, Nirmal 18 August 2015 (has links)
We report investigations of physical possibilities beyond the Standard Model, performed in the years between Runs I and II of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). First, we explore the feasibility of using a hadron collider to unmask hidden sectors by means of a novel signal, the ``monocline". Dilepton production provides the cleanest channel to anticipate a monocline. A compelling sector to seek is dark matter with scalar messengers coupling it to standard fermions. We present current bounds from dilepton spectrum measurements at the LHC and make predictions for sensitivities at Run II of the LHC as well as at a future 100 TeV collider. Second, we corner the space of parameters of supersymmetric frameworks with an appreciable Yukawa coupling between the Higgs fields and a gauge singlet, the so-called Fat Higgs and $\lambda$-SUSY models, in the context of the discovery of the 125 GeV Higgs particle. These models are motivated by their alleviation of the electroweak fine-tuning that supersymmetry breaking entails, via raising the tree-level quartic coupling Higgs boson. Heavy Higgs scalars that couple strongly to the standard Higgs boson induce large radiative corrections to the Higgs quartic coupling, which is crucial to phenomenology; in particular, a very large ratio of the Higgs VEVs ($\tan \beta$), that was previously presumed unfavorable in these models, becomes viable and can be probed by future experiments. In such regions, the most stringent limits come from dark matter constraints on the lightest neutralino. Finally, we place limits on colored scalar production at the LHC in supersymmetric models where gauginos acquire both Dirac and Majorana masses, that we call ``mixed gauginos". While it was known that purely Dirac gluinos were less constrained by LHC searches than their purely Majorana counterparts, we find that the constraints further weaken or strengthen depending on which of the ``mixed" colored fermions acquires a Majorana mass. Also explored are the effects on squark production of turning on Majorana masses for electroweak gauginos. This dissertation consists of previously published and unpublished co-authored material.

A Dark Matter through the Vector-like Portal

Giacchino, Federica 22 September 2017 (has links)
Although about a century has passed since its discovery, and despite the scientific and technological progress of our society has gone through, the nature of the Dark Matter (DM) is a mystery not yet solved. It is a big challenge for the scientific community, its identification would mean the understanding of what seemingly makes up 84% of the matter content in the Universe. We say “seemingly” because so far all evidences for DM are purely gravitational. This implies that what we call dark matter could be either a manifestation of our incomplete understanding of gravity on large scales, or a new form of matter, in particular a new kind of elementary particle. Among the plethora of possible DM candidates, this work will consider the Weakly Interactive Massive Particle (WIMP). Up to know the observed value for the relic abundance is the only solid parameter which we can count on, and the WIMP is the candidate that, through a fashionable mechanism of production, gives a result for the relic abundance in agreement with the cosmological observations. In order to demonstrate that this is indeed the valid explanation to the DM problem, a non-gravitational signal and also a model to interpret a possible Dark Matter message are needed. This may be expressed in various ways, and our approach is based on so-called simplified model. We have built a new t-channel simplified model which promotes a real scalar particle as DM and a vector-like fermion as mediator, dubbed the Vector-like Portal. In our framework, there are very few free parameters, the DM mass, the mass of the mediator and at least one Yukawa coupling. We have discovered an intriguing feature in the annihilation cross-section, a d-wave suppression in the limit of light final state fermions (compared to the DM mass). This seemingly innocuous observation will turn out to be crucial both for thermal freeze-out and for indirect searches for DM, for which higher order effects become relevant. In particular, we have performed a comprehensive analysis of the impact of next-to-leading order corrections to the annihilation cross-section, including coannihilation, as well as on elastic scattering processes. We have exploited the complementarity of direct, indirect and collider searches to set constraints on the parameter space of some simple vector-like portal scenarios, including coupling to Standard Model leptons, light quarks and the top quark. In addition, we have studied the phenomenological consequences of electroweak corrections and the detectability ofour candidate. / Bien que presque un siècle ait passé depuis sa découverte, et malgré les progrès scientifiques et technologiques de notre société, la nature de la matière noire (MN) est un mystère irrésolu. C’est un grand challenge pour la communauté scientique, car sa découverte signifierait la compréhension de ce qui semble constituer 80 % du contenu en matière de l’univers. Nous disons “semble” car jusqu’à présent toutes les évidences de MN sont purement gravitationnelles. Cela implique que ce que nous appelons matière noire pourrait être soit une manifestation de notre compréhension incomplète de la gravité à grandes échelles, soit une nouvelle forme de matière, en particulier un nouveau type de particule élémentaire. Parmi la pléthore de candidats de MN possibles, ce travail considèrera la Weakly Interactive Massive Particle (WIMP). A ce jour, la valeur observée de l’abondance relique est le seul paramètre solide sur lequel nous pouvons compter, et la WIMP est le candidat qui, par un élégant mécanisme de production, donne un résultat pour l’abondance relique en accord avec les observations cosmologiques. Pour démontrer que cela est en effet l’explication valide du problème de la MN, un signal non gravitationnel ainsi qu’un modèle pour interpréter un possible message de MN sont requis. Cela peut s’exprimer de plusieurs façons, et notre approche est basée sur les modèles dits simplifiés. Nous avons construit un nouveau modèle simplifié avec le canal t qui promeut une particule scalaire réel comme MN et un fermion de type vector-like comme médiateur, et communément appelé le portail vector-like. Dans notre cadre, il y a très peu de paramètres libres, la masse de la MN, la masse du médiateur et au moins un couplage de Yukawa. Nous avons découvert une caractéristique intrigante dans la section efficace d’annihilation, une suppression de type d-wave dans la limite de fermions légers dans l’état final (en comparaison avec la masse de la MN). Il se trouve que cette observation, qui semble anodine au premier abord, est cruciale pour le freeze-out et pour les recherches indirectes de MN, pour lesquelles les effets aux ordres supérieurs deviennent relevants. En particulier, nous avons réalisé une analyse compréhensive de l’impact des corrections après l’ordre dominant de la section efficace d’annihilation, ainsi que des processus de diffusion élastique. Nous avons exploité la complémentarité des recherches directes, indirectes et aux collisionneurs afin de contraindre l’espace des paramètres de quelques scénarios simples de portails vector-like, dont le couplage au leptons du Modèle Standard et au quark top. De plus, nous avons étudié les conséquences phénoménologiques des corrections électrofaibles, et la détectabilité de notre candidat. / Option Physique du Doctorat en Sciences / info:eu-repo/semantics/nonPublished

A search for Higgs-portal dark matter and new phenomena with monojet signatures in pp collisions at √s = 8 TeV

Pearce, James D. 21 December 2015 (has links)
A search for new phenomena in final states with one or more energetic jets and large missing transverse momentum, ETmissT, is presented. An integrated luminosity of 20 fb-1 is collected from √s = 8 TeV pp collisions at the LHC with the ATLAS detector during 2012 operations. A selection criteria is imposed requiring events to have monojet signatures, with ETmissT > 350 GeV and no identified leptons. Standard Model backgrounds and systematics uncertainties are estimated using a maximum likelihood procedure. The number of events passing this selection criteria is in good agreement with Standard Model expectations. These events are then divided up into three orthogonal signal regions based on the outputs of two Random Forest classifiers trained to classify invisible decays of the Higgs boson produced through the vector boson fusion and Higgs-strahlung production modes. These results are then interpreted in terms of three different Higgs-portal models and translated into upper limits on WIMP-nucleon cross-sections for comparison with direct detection experiments. / Graduate

An explanation for the unexpected diversity of dwarf galaxy rotation curves

Oman, Kyle 16 August 2017 (has links)
The cosmological constant + cold dark matter (ΛCDM) theory is the 'standard model' of cosmology. Encoded in it are extremely accurate descriptions of the large scale structure of the Universe, despite a very limited number of degrees of freedom. The model struggles, however, to explain some measurements on galactic and smaller scales. The shape of the dark matter distribution toward the centres of galaxies is predicted to be steeply increasing in density ('cuspy') by the theory, yet observations of the rotation curves of some galaxies suggest that it instead reaches a central density plateau (a 'core'). This discrepancy is termed the 'cusp-core problem'. I propose a new way of quantifying this problem as a diversity in the central mass content of galaxies. This characterization does not distinguish between dark and ordinary ('baryonic') matter, but the apparent problem is so severe that the signature of the cusp-core discrepancy is still obvious. By formulating the problem in this way, several uncertain modelling steps are effectively removed from the discussion, allowing for a more narrowly focussed examination of remaining steps in the analysis. My subsequent comparison of recent results from galaxy formation simulations and observed galaxies in the space of the baryonic Tully-Fisher relation (BTFR) reveals some galaxies with an apparent anomalously low dark matter content not only in the centre, but out to the largest measurable radii. These objects are very difficult to explain within the ΛCDM framework; the most plausible interpretation which emerges is that the effect of systematic uncertainties in modelling the kinematics in these galaxies – particularly in the estimate of their inclinations – has been substantially underestimated. This motivates a re-examination of rotation curve measurement methods. I use a collection of simulated galaxies to demonstrate that, when these are synthetically 'observed' and modelled analogously to real galaxies, non-circular motions present in the gas discs give the appearance of cores, even though all of the simulated galaxies have central cusps. The errors are large enough to reproduce the full width of the observed scatter in rotation curve shapes. Provided the simulations produce sufficiently faithful models of real galaxies, these modelling errors could constitute a solution to the cusp-core problem within the ΛCDM paradigm. Regardless, the kinematic models must be better understood before drawing any strong cosmological conclusions. / Graduate

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