College

Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major

Physics

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Abstract

The experiment will measure the thickness of a thin aluminum foil by sending a beam of x-rays through the foil. The thickness of the foil is related to the difference in the intensity of x-rays that pass through the aluminum window and the initial intensity of the x-ray source. The intensity is also related to a property of the material known as its attenuation coefficient. To calculate the attenuation coefficient, another foil with known thickness, mass, and surface density is used to calculate the attenuation coefficient.

Publication Date

4-1-2016

First Advisor

Dunne, James A.

Second Advisor

Dutta, Dipangkar

Third Advisor

Oppenheimer, Seth F.

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