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dc.contributor.authorYokley, Zachary W.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-09T08:01:17Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-09T08:01:17Zen
dc.date.issued2016-06-08en
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:7805en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/71330en
dc.description.abstractThe neutrino is, by its nature, an elusive particle that requires massive detectors with small backgrounds to capture a handful of events. Nevertheless, neutrino experiments stand at the heart of the current mysteries of particle physics and astrophysics. These include the origin and size of neutrino mass, the existence of additional types of neutrinos, CP violation and the matter--antimatter asymmetry, the amount of metals in the Sun's core, and the existence of non-nuclear energy sources in the Sun. This dissertation concerns the the use of a novel detector technology, the Raghavan Optical Lattice (ROL), in the Low-Energy Neutrino Spectrometer (LENS) and Neutrino Lattice (NuLat) experiments. LENS will measure the solar neutrino luminosity and the Sun's core metallicity using a ROL with indium-loaded liquid scintillator. NuLat will probe the existence of light sterile neutrinos with masses of $ \sim 1\,\mathrm{eV} $ using a ROL made from $ ^{6}\mathrm{Li} $-loaded plastic scintillator. For LENS we present an overview of the experiment and the present the ROL construction results from the LENS R\andD program. In particular we will present results from the micro- and mini-LENS prototypes. For both LENS and NuLat we present the development of an event reconstruction algorithm for ROLs and we apply these to the expected signals for these experiments. For NuLat we present an overview of the experiment including its theory of operation and its sensitivity to sterile neutrino oscillations. Finally, we present work toward the full-sized NuLat detector through bench-top tests and construction of the NuLat demonstrator.en
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectSolar Neutrinosen
dc.subjectSterile Neutrinosen
dc.subjectRaghavan Optical Latticeen
dc.subjectLi-loaded plastic scintillatoren
dc.titleSolar and Sterile Neutrino Physics with the Raghavan Optical Latticeen
dc.typeDissertationen
dc.contributor.departmentPhysicsen
dc.description.degreePh. D.en
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysicsen
dc.contributor.committeechairVogelaar, R. Bruceen
dc.contributor.committeememberPitt, Mark L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberSharpe, Eric R.en
dc.contributor.committeememberPiilonen, Leo E.en


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