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Monte Carlo calculation and verification of the geometrical factors for the NPDGamma experiment


Blyth, D.; Fry, J.; Fomin, N.; Alarcon, R.; Alonzi, L.; Askanazi, E.; Baeßler, S.; Balascuta, S.; Barron-Palos, L.; Barzilov, A.


The NPDGamma experiment measures the parity-violating asymmetry in gamma-ray emission in the capture of polarized neutrons on liquid parahydrogen. The sensitivity to the asymmetry for each detector in the array is used as a parameter in the extraction of the physics asymmetry from the measured data. The detector array is approximately cylindrically symmetric around the target and a step-wise sinusoidal function has been used for the sensitivity in the previous iteration of the NPDGamma experiment, but deviations from cylindrical symmetry necessitate the use of a Monte Carlo model to determine corrections to the geometrical factors. For the calculations, source code modifications to MCNPX were done in order to calculate the sensitivity of each cesium iodide detector to the physics asymmetry. We describe the MCNPX model and results from calculations and how the results are validated through measurement of the parity violating asymmetry of gamma-rays from neutron capture on chlorine.



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