Date of Award
Open Access Master's Thesis
Master of Science in Physics (MS)
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Department of Physics
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Committee Member 2
The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Observatory is a gamma-ray observatory sensitive to gamma rays from 100 GeV to 100 TeV with an instantaneous field of view of ~2 sr. It is located on the Sierra Negra plateau in Mexico at an elevation of 4,100 m and began full operation in March 2015. The purpose of the detector is to study relativistic particles that are produced by interstellar and intergalactic objects such as: pulsars, supernova remnants, molecular clouds, black holes and more. To achieve optimal angular resolution, energy reconstruction and cosmic ray background suppression for the extensive air showers detected by HAWC, good timing and charge calibration are crucial, as well as optimization of quality cuts on background suppression variables. Additions to the HAWC timing calibration, in particular automating the calibration quality checks and a new method for background suppression using a multivariate analysis are presented in this thesis.
Gerhardt, Michael J., "Gamma/Hadron Separation for the HAWC Observatory", Open Access Master's Thesis, Michigan Technological University, 2017.