Photo Credit: Elliott McCrory
College: Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
Home: Warminster, PA
Mentor: Corrado Gatto
Who I am: I am a rising junior at Lebanon Valley College studying physics and math. My goal is to get my Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics. My previous research has been in quantum dot solar cells with Dr. Anderson Marsh and quantum information science with Dr. David Lyons and Dr. Scott Walck, all at LVC.
Research: To explore physics beyond the Standard Model, the experiment called Rare Eta Decays with a TPC for Optical Photons (REDTOP) is in its proposal stage at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to study η decays. The existing delivery ring will destabilize the beam as it is decelerated for REDTOP’s use, so modifications to the magnet arrangement have been proposed and must be simulated.This work focused on using MAD-X to model the introduction of new quadrupoles and sextupoles to raise the transition energy and shape the beam for extraction.