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Abstract

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's most powerful particle accelerator. It was originally designed to reveal the most fundamental constituents of matter and the understanding of the forces acting in the microscopic world. The recent discovery of the Higgs boson particle in 2012 constitute a breakthrough in science and it allows the possibility in the coming years for a further understanding on how nature works at the most fundamental level. The Qatar research group at TAMUQ together with the one in College Station have started a very ambitious research plan which involves detector development, physics analysis and simulation studies for the next phase of the experiment starting next year. One of the very fundamental studies is the understanding of the radiation environment in the coming years of data taking, with the imminent increase in the number of collisions per second and the center of mass collision energy an unprecedented radiation environment will be created, with the improvement in the simulation techniques and the computing resources we are able to simulate that environment before the actual data taking. FLUKA is a dedicated software for radiation studies used in different science fields including medical physics, fundamental science, among others. With an accurate description of the geometry of our detector and the expected data taking conditions we produced results for the expected radiation particle flux crossing our detector and the impact on the performance. The simulation was possible due to the excellent computing simulation framework at TAMUQ which consist of thousands of cores enabling the possibility to speed up the simulation and produce results within a small time window. In addition to the results for fundamental science our group has started in parallel a research program which included radiation studies for medical physics application including radiotherapy and improving imaging which is highly important in the treatment of patients with cancer.

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2014-11-18
2019-12-13
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