Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2021

Thesis Advisor(s)

Kyungseon Joo

Honors Major

Physics

Second Honors Major

Electrical Engineering

Disciplines

Elementary Particles and Fields and String Theory | Nuclear

Abstract

Analysis and detection of the phi(1020) vector meson from exclusive electroproduction decay into Kaons have been performed. Studying exclusive phi electroproduction is an ideal channel for quantifying the gluonic properties of the nucleon. This detection used the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS12) at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab) with a 10.6 GeV longitudinally polarized electron beam and an unpolarized hydrogen target. Using the detected final state particles phase space, x_B, Q^2, W, and by developing specialized exclusivity cuts as well as several additional cuts, events containing the production of a phi(1020) meson were able to be extracted. Additionally, a unified wagon has been developed that uses these measurements and cuts to perform advanced real-time visualization of the data processing and eventually will be applied to detect and identify events that contain the phi vector meson across all applicable data-sets with CLAS12 at JLab.

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