Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BS in Physics

Department

Physics Department

Advisor(s)

Jennifer Klay

Abstract

The CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and most complex particle accelerator, with several experiments making discoveries at the frontiers of particle and nuclear physics. The ALICE experiment at the LHC explores the nature of the early Universe through relativistic nuclear collisions. The properties of the "quark-gluon" plasma of subatomic particles created can be investigated with particle jets, which are produced in the earliest moments of the collision. This paper will provide an overview of the analysis of particle jets in 7 TeV proton-proton collisions, which forms the baseline for understanding jet production in collisions of heavy nuclei. It will cover jet finding methods and their associated biases. Photon contamination via pair production will be outlined and TOF data is prepared for comparison with EMCAL data in an attempt to correct for hardware limitations.

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