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Master of Science


Physics and Applied Physics

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Dr. Yelena Prok


The main objective of this thesis is to perform a study of and optimize the most direct and practical gas mixture composition inside the Radial Time Projection Chamber for the Barely-Offshell Nucleon Structure (BONuS 12) detector for use in the CLAS 12 detector in Experimental Hall B at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab). The optimization of these conditions will enhance the performance and resolution of the detector. The original BONuS 6 experiment utilized a gas composition of 80 % He and 20% Dimethyl Ether (DME). With the extensive 12 GeV energy upgrade constructed at JLab and the new BONuS 12 detector established , it is imperative that the gas composition utilized, is best suited to facilitate the experimental needs and demands. BONuS 12 is an experiment designed to measure the momentum of recoiling spectator protons down to 70 MeV/c. This technique will extract the structure function Fn 2 at large x from 0.1 up to 0.8 over a significant range in Q2 and W from the nucleon mass, with a beam energy of 11 GeV, enabling us to essentially select free neutrons.


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