Access Type

Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Giovanni Bonvicini

Abstract

LARGE-ANGLE BEAMSTRAHLUNG: SIMULATION AND DIAGNOSTICS

by

RYAN S. GILLARD

May 2014

Advisor: Dr. Giovanni Bonvicini

Major: Physics

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Luminosity is paramount in high energy physics research, therefore it is critical to optimize it. Particle beams are complex and orbit in a complicated fashion therefore they don't always collide as intended thus reducing our chance of discovery. Simulations and calculations of the beam-beam radiation or beamstrahlung can provide crucial insight into the collision geometry. Combined with an optics box that can collect and analyze this radiation, this could be an extremely valuable tool leading to correction of the collision imperfections and greater discovery.

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