Search for antideuterons and strangelets in cosmic rays with AMS-01
Author(s)Henning, Reyco, 1975-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Physics.
Ulrich J. Becker.
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AMS (the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) is a high-energy particle detector in space. An engineer- ing version of AMS, AMS-01, flew on the space shuttle Discovery for ten days in June 1998 and collected 108 cosmic ray events. This thesis extends the previous results of the AMS-01 flight by performing a search for antideuterons (⁻D) in cosmic rays. Antideuterons in cosmic rays could be a signal for neutralino dark matter annihilation, primordial black hole evaporation and other interesting processes. No DÌ nuclei were found, and a flux limit is estimated. We also present the results of preliminary strangelet search. Some interesting effects of the Mir space station on AMS-01 when Discovery was docked with Mir are also discussed.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Physics, February 2004.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 113-119).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology