Last Update 2018/10/16
The EGADS (Evaluating Gadolinium’s Action on Detector Systems) detector was originally constructed as part of an R&D program for the gadolinium doping of the Super-Kamiokande detector. With its R&D mission largely completed, EGADS (re-branded Employing Gadolinium to Autonomously Detect Supernovas) will become a dedicated supernova detector capable of autonomously announcing a galactic supernova burst within one second of first neutrino arrival and providing a valuable warning for the astronomy community. My research is focused on maximizing the sensitivity of EGADS through neutron tagging, simulation development, and analysis of cosmic-ray induced backgrounds.
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