MIT Department: Physics
Undergraduate Institution: Yale University
Faculty Mentor: Lindley Winslow
Research Supervisor: Jon Ouellet
My name is Byron Daniel, and I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I am a rising Junior at Yale University majoring in Physics. I enjoy taking calm, relaxing walks and listening to 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s music.
2017 Research Abstract
Development of a 3D-Printed Collimated90 Beta Source
Byron Daniel, Department of Physics, Yale University
Lindley Winslow, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Collimated beta particle sources based on 90Sr are common calibration sources for atomic decay detector research and development. Due to the short attenuation length of beta particles in matter, the exact geometry of a collimator can drastically change the rate and energy of beta particles exiting the source. 3D printing allows the quick and easy prototyping of collimators with custom geometries. I will describe the development of a collimator that interfaces directly to a quartz cuvette for the characterization of liquid scintillator cocktails. Future work will include developing a source for the NuDot detector which aims to reconstruct ~MeV electrons using the separation of Cherenkov and scintillation light.