Physics student presents research at national conference

Lewis University physics student presents research at national conference

Published: June 8, 2014.


Lewis University physics student Brandon Schabell
and Northern Illinois University student Ashlyn Shellito
presented a research poster at the 2014 National
Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the
University of Kentucky.

Lewis University physics student Brandon Schabell presented a research poster, “Mu2e Extinction Monitor Testing at Fermilab” at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Kentucky. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research promotes undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.

Schabell’s poster represents the culmination of his analysis on data he helped take at Fermi National Accelerator Lab (Fermilab) in Fall 2013. He analyzed the response of new Silicon Photomultiplers (SiPMs) in Fermilab’s 120 GeV proton beam. Researchers at Northern Illinois University constructed extinction monitoring prototypes used to detect and record residual out-of-time protons. Initial tests of prototypes were performed both at NIU using radioactive sources and at Fermilab’s Test Beam Facility using a 120 GeV proton beam. Results from the extinction monitor prototype testing were presented.

Dr. Ryan Hooper, assistant professor physics, served as Schabell’s faculty advisor. He said, “We’re proud of Brandon, who did an excellent job of collaborating with researchers at Fermilab and NIU to produce great results.”

The Lewis University Student Academic Conference Support Program helped Schabell attend the conference.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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