Date of Award

12-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Physics

Major Professor

Stefan M. Spanier

Committee Members

Marinne Breddning, Thomas Handler

Abstract

The search for and detailed study of new particles and forces with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN is fundamentally dependent on the precise measurement of the rate at which proton-proton collisions produce any particles, the so-called luminosity. Therefore, a new detector, the Pixel Luminosity Telescope (PLT), dedicated to measure the luminosity at high precision was added to the CMS experiment in 2015. It measures the inclusive charged particle production from each collision of proton bunches in the LHC. Additional charged particles which are observed by the instrument but produced from sources other than collisions are characterized by measurements of particle trajectories and subtracted from the luminosity. Methods were developed to calculate the corrections to the luminosity measurement of the PLT.

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