Flux Study

The detectors record the arrival time of the muons in a raw data file. When analyzing flux study data, students select the dataset and channel(s) to be analyzed. The analysis tools produce a histogram of flux vs. time similar to the one shown below. Students can juxtapose data regarding their independent variable as a function of time to look for correlations.

Sample Plot

One interesting feature occurs periodically in this scatter plot: the flux diminishes and increases regularly; do you see it? What might cause this? Is the effect real or is it the result of the way this file was plotted? Is there a way that you can tell?

This plot shows flux measurements for detector # 5078 from 7 May to 11 May 2003. The counters were stacked, one on top of the other, .

(How the detector works)

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