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Ricardo Lopez Lemus
College: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Home: Berwyn, Illinois
Mentor: Vitaly Pronskikh
Who I am: I am Ricardo Lopez Lemus, a sophomore at the University of Michigan. I am majoring in Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences and plan to proceed in earning a Masters and, eventually, a PhD. During my freshman year in college I worked for one of the groups in Michigan's nuclear engineering department where I focused on determining the temperature dependence of organic stilbene scintillators. When I'm not working I enjoy reading and playing strategy games, such as Pokemon - so much in fact that back home I have the unofficial title of Pokemon Master! I'm looking forward to another summer of working at Fermilab.
Research: When physics experiments use particle beams accelerated to relativistic energies impinging upon targets, fluxes of secondary particles are often produced and come into contact with their surroundings. As a result of neutron activation of the walls and other materials, structures will become radioactive even after beams have been turned off. This project deals with analyzing the residual dosage in the downstream hall of the Mu2e facility at Fermilab.