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Wednesday, April 17th
8:15 AM

An Analysis into Multivariate Lepton Jet Recognition

Sreevardhan Atyam '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Dark photons are useful indicators to explain important phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics, namely in the context of many experiments. Dark photons can interact with Standard Model particles through a process called kinetic mixing, which allows them to decay into Standard Model leptons, from which lepton jets are produced. However, classification of such particles becomes challenging when ... Read More

Exploring Proton and Muon Energy Distributions from Simulated Neutrino Interactions in LArTPC

Navya Dixit '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

The main objective of this project is to study neutrino interaction in the Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC), mainly those between muon neutrinos or antineutrinos and argon targets, producing final state particles in the detector. Event simulation software based on GENIE and GIANT4 are used to simulate the neutrino interactions that would take place in the ArgonCube 2x2 Demonstrator, ... Read More

Impact of the Parton Distribution Function on the Signal of the Doubly Charged Higgs Boson

Robert Mandell '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Jayram Palamadai '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

The possible existence of the doubly charged Higgs boson necessitates the existence of a beyond Standard Model extension. Models that include the doubly charged Higgs boson are dependent on other particle interactions that redefine the current understanding of Standard Model particles. Determining constant factors of the doubly charged Higgs boson allows limits or cuts to be placed, reducing background in ... Read More

8:35 AM

Analysis of the Optical and Physical Properties of Samarium Oxide Doped Lead Borate Glasses

Jose Florenzano '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Andre Mendez '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

We prepared a series of lead borate glasses doped with rare earth ions and with varying PbO content and studied their refractive index, optical band gap, fluorescence, and density. Using a Brewster’s angle setup, we measured the refractive indices. The optical band gaps were determined by locating the edge of the optical absorption spectra recorded using an absorption spectrometer. When ... Read More

H++ Lepton Selection Cuts and ZZ Background Estimation

Ivan Chen '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

In search for new physics beyond the Standard Model (BSM), theories such as the Left-Right symmetric electroweak model predict the existence of doubly charged Higgs bosons (H++) which have the unique decay signature of a pair of same-sign dilepton (SSDL) jets which is unlike anything present in the Standard model. This unique signature makes the H++ a promising search candidate ... Read More

Mid-Infrared Luminosities of Different Types of Supernovae Using the Spitzer Space Telescope

Stella Ristic '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

For centuries, most astronomical observations have been conducted using viable light. However, within the last 60 years, astronomers have been exploring other wavelengths, including infrared, ultraviolet, and microwave. Infrared astronomy became more prevalent due to the Spitzer Space Telescope and the new James Webb Space Telescope This project utilizes mid-infrared (mid-IR) data for supernovae (SNe) obtained with the Spitzer Space ... Read More

Same Sign Lepton Jet Filtering for Usage in Control Region Calculation

Max Chen '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Vincent You '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

Some current dark sector theories predict the existence of a dark photon that interacts with the Standard Model (SM) particles through kinetic mixing. Searching for the existence of the dark photon could have implications for understanding the nature of dark matter and the legitimacy of the theories predicting it. Dark photons are theorized to primarily decay into lepton jets. Our ... Read More

8:55 AM

Analyzing PDF Uncertainties of Doubly Charged Higgs Boson Backgrounds

Shrikar Dulam '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Cameron Eddington '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:55 AM - 9:10 AM

Parton distribution functions (PDFs) inform the behavior of particle interactions, but since they are experimentally determined, understanding their impact on simulation is crucial to take into account. In this experiment, we focus on how PDFs impact the background estimates of particle simulations. We analyzed 100 different PDF weight sets on the background involved in doubly charged Higgs interactions, such as ... Read More

Analyzing the Reactions ⊽ (cosmic ray) + v (relic) → e++ e- and p (cosmic ray) + ⊽ (relic) → e+ + n on Their Effects to the Energy Spectrum of Cosmic Ray Neutrinos and Protons

Richard Chen '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:55 AM - 9:10 AM

Relic neutrinos are some of the oldest particles in the universe, produced around 1 second after the big bang. Locating these relic neutrinos may help answer fundamental questions about the universe such as how it began. There have been attempts to study these relic neutrinos, with one proposed method being the KATRIN experiment. In our work, we hope to use ... Read More

Parametrization of Doubly Charged Higgs Signal for Use in Unbinned Likelihood Fits

Albert Han '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:55 AM - 9:10 AM

The doubly charged Higgs boson is part of a Beyond Standard Model theory that aims to explain the left-right asymmetry of the Standard Model through the introduction of a right-handed gauge group. The doubly charged Higgs boson arises from the spontaneous symmetry breaking caused by the right-handed gauge group. Pair-produced doubly charged Higgs bosons decay to two same-sign dilepton pairs, ... Read More

9:20 AM

Analyzing Charge Measurement Rates of Higgs Events to Estimate Systematic Uncertainty on a Search for the Doubly Charged Higgs Boson

Maya Kannan '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Anwita Kasturi '25, Illinois Math and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

Charge flips occur due to mismeasurement of electrical charge of a particle by a particle accelerator. The doubly charged Higgs boson needs to decay into two leptons with the same charge and therefore, it is crucial that the charge of the leptons is measured accurately. Utilizing data from CMS at the LHC, a program was written which counts the number ... Read More

H++ Electron Cuts and Z Veto

Katie Jenks '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

The doubly charged Higgs boson is a Higgs-like scalar particle that arises in certain extensions of the Standard Model. In a search for the H++ particle at the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) we investigate the decay of the H++ particle in the context of the left-right symmetric model (LRSM) so that we might reconstruct collected data ... Read More

9:40 AM

Creating and Analyzing Opposite Sign Dilepton Lepton Jet Dark Photon Plots and a Dark Photon Validation Plot

Marcus Kubon '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM

The dark photon is predicted in an extension of the standard model to include a dark sector, to account for the mass of invisible dark matter and its lack of interaction with the standard model. This dark sector includes a massive U(1)’ gauge boson A’, or the dark photon, which can decay into standard model particles through kinetic mixing. Because ... Read More

Efficiency Calculations and Efficacy of a Displaced Vertex Control Region for Dark Photons Decaying to Lepton Jets

Claire O'Brien-Dull '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM

Many different theories of dark matter and the dark sector predict a massive dark photon of GeV scale mass, with an event signature of opposite-sign leptons (in this case, muons) forming a lepton jet (a lepton pair with a very small angle between the leptons). Calculations of lepton jet efficiency under different cuts are needed to determine the potential of ... Read More

10:00 AM

Analysis of The Charged Track Multiplicity of Neutrinos in The ProtoDUNE-ND Experiment

Sebastian Mark '25

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The ProtoDUNE-ND (aka “2x2”) experiment is a prototype of the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) that is designed to study properties of neutrinos and their interactions. The goal of DUNE is to uncover the properties of neutrinos to understand the mystery of matter-dominance of the universe. The ProtoDUNE-ND experiment is a smaller scale prototype of the DUNE near detector. We ... Read More

Determining Lepton Sign Mismeasurement Rate from the CMS Detector to Identify Doubly Charged Higgs Boson Decay Background

Kyler Ponx '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Jeremiah Suarez '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

The doubly charged Higgs Boson is a particle predicted by various theoretical models such as the Type II seesaw model. In assisting the search for possible doubly charged Higgs boson decay, we determine the lepton sign mismeasurement rate of lepton pairs reconstructed near the Z-peak mass to calculate expected background in doubly charged Higgs decay signature detection. We use data ... Read More

Pulse Level Compilation of Parameterized Gates via Neural Networks

Fredy An '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Bikrant Bhattacharyya '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Dominik Kozbiel '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Recently, a class of hybrid quantum-classical algorithms called Variational Quantum Algorithms (VQAs) have been investigated as a promising candidate for practical near term algorithms. VQAs require quantum circuits that consist of parameterized gates, which can then be fine tuned to minimize cost functions. In practice, implementing a quantum gate requires compiling it to a sequence of pulses that can be ... Read More

10:25 AM

Exploring Convection in the Vicinity of Localized Decreases in Thermal Diffusivity

Brandon Rogers '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Context: Computational convection simulations are a critical tool for understanding the dynamics of a variety of different environments; including the complex interiors of stars. Methods Direct-Numerical-Simulations of Rayleigh-Bernard convection are performed within a periodic rectangular domain. A localized decrease in thermal diffusivity (𝛼𝛼) is imparted within the domain at a certain temperature, with a parameterized amplitude (A) of decrease. Runs ... Read More

Optimal Dark Photon Triggers and the High Mass and Same Sign Dark Photon Control Region

Gavin O'Malley '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

The phenomenon of dark matter has perplexed physicists for decades, and, to find it, some physicists hypothesize a dark sector of particles. These particles interact little with Standard Model particles and have an electromagnetism like force carried by dark photons. We find that using one trigger that searches for isolated muons with pT>24GeV and another that searches for a muon ... Read More

Simulations on Pinwheel Artificial Spin Ice on Permalloys

Ibrahim Bah '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

In 1820, the correlation between magnetic field and electricity was discovered by physicists and led to the study of electromagnetism. Magnets put charge particles (electrons) in motion, creating magnetic fields that make magnetic forces. This force can be measured through the use of a magnetometer, which requires real magnets and time to put the experiment together. These magnetic fields are ... Read More

The Resistivity Nature of Thin Films Under Select Environmental Conditions

Yash Yardi '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Under the supervision of Dr. Anil U. Mane, this investigation explores the environmental factors and the electrical resistance characteristics of microchannel plates. In particular, it examines the fundamental query: What impact do variables such as choice of materials, film thickness, temperature variations, and atmosphere have on the resistance properties displayed by these thin films? As researchers in the field of ... Read More

The Study of Auto-playing Algorithm for Quantum

Aditya Kumar '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

A popular Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm in the gaming world used for the Robo player is called Minimax. This paper presents research aimed at improving the efficiency of minimax algorithms in the context of quantum chess, a variant of traditional chess that incorporates principles of quantum mechanics. Quantum chess introduces additional complexity due to the superposition and entanglement of quantum ... Read More

10:45 AM

Cross Sections and FileParams Framework Reconstruction

Malcolm Wilson-Ahlstrom '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

For our analysis of dark photons and the doubly-charged Higgs boson to get an accurate prediction of the number of events that can be expected, cross sections can be used in conjunction with luminosity that is set by each collaboration respectively and efficiency which is given by monte carlo. Using the given luminosity and efficiency it can be expected that ... Read More

Predicting Results from Scintillating Bubble Chambers Through the Use of Molecular Dynamic Simulations to Replicate Conditions Needed for Bubble Nucleation

Komal Chivukula '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Laya Gopalakrishnan '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Tia Rice '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Scintillating bubble chambers detect particle interactions between ionizing radiation and molecules in superheated liquids—liquids maintaining their state of matter despite being heated past their boiling point. These particle interactions can generate nuclear recoils, causing hot spikes experienced by small groups of the liquid’s molecules, which lead to bubblenucleation in the chamber. Interactions with dark matter may also produce nuclear recoils; ... Read More

The Impact of 2-Propanol and Sodium Hypochlorite on Quantity of Extracted DNA from Human Fingerprints for the Advancement of Forensic Fingerprinting Technologies

Maggie McIntyre, IMSA RISE

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Physical fingerprints are frequently used as evidence in forensic investigations. However, fingerprint evidence is often chemically tampered with. The purpose of this experiment was to determine the individual impact that two chemicals: sodium hypochlorite and isopropyl alcohol have on the DNA that can be successfully extracted from a fingerprint. The results collected from this research can inform the advancement of ... Read More

11:05 AM

Effect of Composition on Optical Properties of Bismuth Borate Glasses Doped with Europium Ions

Amanda Barajas '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Laasya Nagumalli '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

We studied the optical properties of Eu-doped bismuth borate glass samples. A series of bismuth borate glass samples were prepared with variations in mole percentages per compound. These molar ratios were as follows: xBi2O3: (99-x)B2O3 : 1Eu2O3 where x = 30, 40, 50, 60 mol %. These mixtures were then melted, quenched, annealed, and polished to create four transparent glass ... Read More

Harnessing Magnetic Fields for Precise Ferrofluid Droplet Motion

Chad Park '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

Ferrofluids, composed of magnetic nanoparticles suspended in a carrier liquid, offer unique fluidic properties and can be manipulated by external magnetic fields. My research project focuses on employing varying magnetic fields to control ferrofluids and investigates manipulating them to explore their potential for innovative navigation systems.

The experimental setup uses high-speed cameras to image a ferrofluid drop on a hydrophobic ... Read More