Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2014

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In


First Advisor

Nachtman, Jane

First Committee Member

Onel, Yasar

Second Committee Member

Rodgers, Vincent

Third Committee Member

Mutel, Robert

Fourth Committee Member

Ellison, John


A search for heavy Majorana neutrinos is performed using an event signature defined by two same-sign muons accompanied by two jets. This search is an extension of previous searches, (L3, DELPHI, CMS, ATLAS), using 19.7 fb-1 of data from the 2012 Large Hadron Collider experimental run collected by the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment. A mass window of 40-500 GeV/c2 is explored. No excess events above Standard Model backgrounds is observed, and limits are set on the mixing element squared, |VμN|2, as a function of Majorana neutrino mass.

The Hadronic Forward (HF) Detector's performance will degrade as a function of the number of particles delivered to the detector over time, a quantity referred to as integrated luminosity and measured in inverse femtobarns (fb-1). In order to better plan detector upgrades, the CMS Forward Calorimetry Task Force (FCAL) group and the CMS Hadronic Calorimeter (HCAL) group have requested that radiation damage be simulated and the subsequent performance of the HF subdetector be studied. The simulation was implemented into both the CMS FastSim and CMS FullSim simulation packages. Standard calorimetry performance metrics were computed and are reported. The HF detector can expect to perform well through the planned delivery of 3000 fb-1.


Damage, Majorana, Neutrino, Radiation


xiv, 127 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 122-127).


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