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List of mini-research projects offered for the class presentation:

(1) Monte Carlo modeling of the Higgs meson reconstruction and analysis.

The instructor will provide data in the ROOT format for further analysis using ROOT Data Analysis Framework, based on C++. You will perform analysis of the data using either ROOT or RooFit Toolkit for data modeling, based on ROOT. The goal is to determine parameters of the Higgs (mass, lifetime, spin, and CP quantum numbers) and of the intermediate particles in the decay chain from the available data. Your presentation will discuss the analysis as well as overall discussion of the Higgs particle.

(2) Monte Carlo modeling of the B meson reconstruction and analysis.

The instructor will provide data in the ROOT format for further analysis using ROOT Data Analysis Framework, based on C++. You will perform analysis of the data using either ROOT or RooFit Toolkit for data modeling, based on ROOT. The goal is to determine polarization of the decay products in the B meson decay and determine spin of the intermediate particles in the decay chain from the available data. Your presentation will discuss the analysis as well as overall discussion of the B-meson reconstruction.

List of papers offered for the class presentation:

(1) The Positive Electron

Physical Review 43, 491 (1933)

(2) Observation of Antiprotons

Phys. Rev. 100, 947 (1955)

(3) Observation of a Hyperon with Strangeness Minus Three

Phys. Rev. Lett. 12, 204 (1964)

(4) Evidence for the 2pi Decay of the K20 Meson

Phys. Rev. Lett. 13, 138 (1964)

(5) Experimental Observation of a Heavy Particle J

Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 1404 (1974)

OR

Discovery of a Narrow Resonance in e+e- Annihilation

Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 1406 (1974)

(6) Evidence for Anomalous Lepton Production in e+e- Annihilation

Phys. Rev. Lett. 35, 1489 (1975)

SEE ALSO

Measurement of e+e-=>e+e- and e+e-=>mu+mu-

Phys. Rev. Lett. 34, 233 (1975)

(7) Experimental observation of isolated large transverse energy electrons with associated missing energy at sqrt(s)=540 GeV

Phys. Lett. B 122, 103 (1983)

(8) Observation of Top Quark Production in Pbar-P Collisions

Phys.Rev.Lett. 74, 2626 (1995)

OR

Observation of the Top Quark

Phys.Rev.Lett. 74, 2632 (1995)

(9) Observation of CP violation in the B0 meson system

Phys.Rev.Lett. 87, 091801 (2001)

OR

Observation of Large CP Violation in the Neutral B Meson System

Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 091802 (2001)

(10) Measurement of the Rate of nu_e + d => p + p + e- Interactions Produced by 8B Solar Neutrinos

Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 071301 (2001)

SEE ALSO

Solar 8B and hep Neutrino Measurements from 1258 Days of Super-Kamiokande Data

Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5651 (2001)