Faculty Sponsor

Shirvel Stanislaus

College

Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Physics

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Celebration Date

Spring 4-23-2016

Abstract

The Solenoid Tracker at RHIC (STAR) experiment, based at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, uses polarized-proton collisions to investigate sea quark and gluon contributions to the known proton spin. The STAR detector's Endcap Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EEMC) is of particular interest in this experiment because it covers a kinematic region, which is sensitive to gluons carrying a low fraction of the proton momentum, where the gluon spin is almost entirely unconstrained. The EEMC is located in the intermediate pseudorapidity range, 1 < η < 2, and measures the electromagnetic energy of particles produced by the collisions using a lead-scintillator sampling calorimeter. The calorimeter consists of several layers that include pre-shower, shower maximum, tower, and post-shower detectors. In these detectors, the energy gains, which convert a measured signal into an energy deposition, have been determined using data taken from the years 2009, 2011, and 2012. These gains will be analyzed and studied in order to understand the calibration of the detector.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Chamindu Amarasinghe is a sophomore at Valparaiso University studying physics and math.

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