The Direction of my Research with Dark Matter
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For the majority of my summer research project, I used a mini, original model of the DRIFT (Directional Recoil Identification From Tracks) detector to measure the diffusion of ions in space. To do this, I scanned a UV light source across three selected wires and measured the potential output and the drift time of the ions, as well as other key parameters. After obtaining sufficient data from this experiment, I then created an analysis code in the R programming language to calculate for me the drift speed of the ions and the longitudinal and lateral diffusion in space (in the x- and z-planes). Ultimately, these calculations are essential because accurate analysis and thus publication of DRIFT data requires a complete understanding of how ions diffuse in space.