# User:Justin Roth Muehlmeyer/Notebook/307L Notebook/Poisson

**Set Up**

Searching for the cosmic radiation signals:

Using a Tektronix 485 Oscilloscope (analog) and ORTEC model # 266 PM base.

Dynode output on PMT to oscilloscope Input Voltage -1500 V PMT outside of lead brick cave

Analog Oscilloscope settings:

- 5 mV/division
- 1 ms/division
- AC triggering: negative slope (internal)

We observe occasional peaks per second that are distinguishable from noise. They change so fast that we cant actually measure the amplitude of their peaks. This is our presumed cosmic radiation.

Using an amplifier:

- We addded a ORTEC amplifier to our board, and connected the output of the diode to the input of the amplifyer. We wanted to test the signal coming out of the amplifier with the oscilloscope before connecting it into the computer. We ran into many difficulties even finding our cosmic radiation signal with the amplifier, and then again while bypassing it.

We had extensive difficulties in trying to get a signal of the cosmic radiation using the amplifier.

Troubleshooting:

New amplifier: Canberra PAD 814.

Switched from dynode to the anode on the PMT, with no effect.

Switched to new PMT - Tracor Northern Model # TN1222. Way clearer, greater magnitude cosmic radiation spikes with just the oscilloscope. Input ~-1400 V. Positive V output.

Still no results from the amplifier, so...

New Oscilloscope: Tektronix TDS 1002 (digital).

"Derivative signal" from the amplifier. Set up: PMT to PREAMP IN, PREAMP switch to IN, AMP OUT to oscilloscope (DC coupling, rising slope, 36.0 mV)

Hooking it up to the software (MCA):

Software: PCA3 in MSDOS Bins: 512 We decided to first take our dwell time to be 1 second.

Other passes: dwell time of 1, 100, 10000 microseconds,

### Data

The data we received in the computer was outputed to ASCII file type, which I will post here. The following was the data taken for the 1s trial.

Sep 22 2008 4:01:29 pm Elt: 000000 Seconds. Real Time: 000000 ID: No spectrum identifier defined Memory Size: 16384 Chls Conversion Gain: 0256 Adc Offset: 0000 Chls

Chn Counts ROI 0, 16, 000 1, 16, 000 2, 12, 000 3, 12, 000 4, 13, 000 5, 12, 000 6, 14, 000 7, 11, 000 8, 12, 000 9, 11, 000 10, 13, 000 11, 14, 000 12, 15, 000 13, 14, 000 14, 13, 000 15, 14, 000 16, 17, 000 17, 14, 000 18, 14, 000 19, 14, 000 20, 14, 000 21, 14, 000 22, 14, 000 23, 11, 000 24, 16, 000 25, 13, 000 26, 10, 000 27, 15, 000 28, 17, 000 29, 11, 000 30, 13, 000 31, 11, 000 32, 12, 000 33, 14, 000 34, 14, 000 35, 13, 000 36, 11, 000 37, 12, 000 38, 13, 000 39, 13, 000 40, 16, 000 41, 13, 000 42, 14, 000 43, 11, 000 44, 15, 000 45, 16, 000 46, 13, 000 47, 11, 000 48, 12, 000 49, 11, 000 50, 16, 000 51, 13, 000 52, 15, 000 53, 15, 000 54, 10, 000 55, 17, 000 56, 14, 000 57, 17, 000 58, 16, 000 59, 13, 000 60, 14, 000 61, 16, 000 62, 13, 000 63, 11, 000 64, 13, 000 65, 16, 000 66, 10, 000 67, 16, 000 68, 12, 000 69, 17, 000 70, 13, 000 71, 11, 000 72, 13, 000 73, 16, 000 74, 13, 000 75, 14, 000 76, 12, 000 77, 14, 000 78, 14, 000 79, 13, 000 80, 12, 000 81, 11, 000 82, 15, 000 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**Results**

Using Mr. Barron's amazing Matlab skills our results were as follows for each dwell time:

Here is the code for this:

%% Poisson Distribution Analysis % Alexander Barron % Junior Lab Fall 2008 close all, clear all; %% Load .txt files M1ms_bin = dlmread('JAND1MS.txt',',',[0 0 511 0]); % bin vector 1ms dwell M1ms_val = dlmread('JAND1MS.txt',',',[0 1 511 1]); % value vector 1ms dwell M10ms_bin = dlmread('JAND10MS.txt',',',[0 0 511 0]); M10ms_val = dlmread('JAND10MS.txt',',',[0 1 511 1]); M100ms_bin = dlmread('JAND100M.txt',',',[0 0 511 0]); M100ms_val = dlmread('JAND100M.txt',',',[0 1 511 1]); M1s_bin = dlmread('JAND1S.txt',',',[0 0 511 0]); M1s_val = dlmread('JAND1S.txt',',',[0 1 511 1]); M2s_bin = dlmread('JAND2S.txt',',',[0 0 511 0]); M2s_val = dlmread('JAND2S.txt',',',[0 1 511 1]); %% sort into frequencies for histograms d1ms_count = zeros(1,50); % Here I am creating empty d10ms_count = zeros(1,50); % vectors in which to put d100ms_count = zeros(1,50); % my manipulated data. d1s_count = zeros(1,50); d2s_count = zeros(1,50); for c=1:5; switch c; case 1; valmat = M1ms_val; % generic value and countmat = d1ms_count; % count matrices case 2; valmat = M10ms_val; countmat = d10ms_count; case 3; valmat = M100ms_val; countmat = d100ms_count; case 4; valmat = M1s_val; countmat = d1s_count; case 5; valmat = M2s_val; countmat = d2s_count; end; for j=1:512; % Here I scan my data for % desired frequencies for k=0:50; % and place them in % generic matrices. if valmat(j) == k; countmat(k+1) = countmat(k+1) + 1; end end end switch c; case 1; d1ms_count = countmat; % transformation of case 2; % generic matrices d10ms_count = countmat; % into appropriately- case 3; % named ones d100ms_count = countmat; case 4; d1s_count = countmat; case 5; d2s_count = countmat; end; clear valmat, clear countmat; end; %% Plot freq = linspace(0,49,50); scrsz = get(0,'ScreenSize'); figure('Position',[1 scrsz(4)/1.5 scrsz(3)/1.25 scrsz(4)/1.4]); for f=1:5; switch f; case 1; data = d1ms_count; titl = '1 ms Dwell Time'; case 2; data = d10ms_count; titl = '10 ms Dwell Time'; case 3; data = d100ms_count; titl = '100 ms Dwell Time'; case 4; data = d1s_count; titl = '1 s Dwell Time'; case 5; data = d2s_count; titl = '2 s Dwell Time'; end; subplot(1,5,f), bar(freq,data,'c'); ylim([0 525]); xlim([-2 50]); set(gca,'XTick',[0 10 20 30 40 50]); ylabel('Frequency of Events'); xlabel('Events'); title(titl); clear data; end;

**Analysis**

The Poisson distribution:

Calculating the mean:

In the Poisson distribution, the mean and the variance are the same thing, which is λ. λ is the expected rate of events, the expected number of occurences per time interval. To calculate λ I will use the data average method. I sum up the number of events that occurred, and divide by the number of times I took those events.

My excel file data sheet that I used to do this analysis I will place here:

File:Poisson Analysis for lamda Muehlmeyer.xls

The following is a summary of my λ values for each dwell time using the data average method.

- 1ms, λ = 0.013671875
- 10ms, λ = 0.126953125
- 100ms, λ = 1.294921875
- 1s, λ = 13.48828125
- 2s, λ = 25.36132813

This makes sense, as our dwell time increases, our average rate of events increases. And when you compare each of these values to our plots, they are quite apparently the mean.

In order to see our results more clearly, we can normalize our results so that they fit a probablity density function that sums to 1. This plots our results as a matter of probabilty. We do this by dividing the frequency of events by the maximimum possibility 512. See the plots below.

What is most interesting is that as we increase the dwell time the histogram plot begins to look like a Gaussian function. The Guassian function peaks at some median value that represents the most common rate of occurences. If we allow for more events (higher dwell time) the histogram then is a plot of this Guassian funtion, which tells us their is a rate of events that occurs the most, and that rate is that at which the Guassian peak appears, our mean, λ.

File:ProbPoissonDwellDiffPlot.tif

**Error Analysis for λ**

^{SJK 10:34, 20 October 2008 (EDT)}Our error is determined by the deviation from the mean. We found an expression for this value in a formal report from a student from last year. You can see it here at Tomas Mondragon's notebook entry.

Where the frequency count of an event count is . N is 512 in this case.

- 1ms, λ = 0.013671875, λ
_{error}= 4.05974132 x 10^-7 - 10ms, λ = 0.126953125, λ
_{error}= 1.7313458323 x 10^-5 - 100ms, λ = 1.294921875, λ
_{error}= 4.62059546375 x 10^-4 - 1s, λ = 13.48828125, λ
_{error}= 3.25904896073 x 10^-4 - 2s, λ = 25.36132813, λ
_{error}= 2.4259613547 x 10^-4

### Fitting our Data to the Poisson Distribution

The Poisson distribution is characterized by the fact that the standard deviation is equal to the square root of the mean λ. If we can show that this is the case for our data (or atleast reasonably close), then we have shown that our data is in fact a manifestation of the Poisson distribution.

First I will find the standard deviation by assuming that our data is in fact a Poisson distribution (I will take the square root of our calculated λ values):

The number of observed occurences fluctuates about its mean λ with a standard deviation of σ_{k} = .

- 1ms, λ = 0.013671875, σ
_{k}= 0.11692 - 10ms, λ = 0.126953125, σ
_{k}= 0.35650 - 100ms, λ = 1.294921875, σ
_{k}= 1.13795 - 1s, λ = 13.48828125, σ
_{k}= 3.67264 - 2s, λ = 25.36132813, σ
_{k}= 5.03600

This can be roughly validated if one looks at the plots to notice how the distribution deviates out from the mean λ by ±σ_{k}.

Now I will determine the standard deviation from our data directly to show that these values for the standard deviation and the values σ_{k} above are reasonably close.

This calculation is described by the following formula:

^{SJK 10:35, 20 October 2008 (EDT)}- 1ms, λ = 0.013671875, σ
_{x}= 0.116238308 - 10ms, λ = 0.126953125, σ
_{x}= 0.344790832 - 100ms, λ = 1.294921875, σ
_{x}= 0.766810045 - 1s, λ = 13.48828125, σ
_{x}= 2.066378743 - 2s, λ = 25.36132813, σ
_{x}= 2.945079248

How close are σ_{k} and σ_{x}?

For low dwell times σ_{x} is very close to σ_{k}, but as we increase our dwell time the two values begin to differ a bit more. However, I think it is still safe to say that the two values are reasonably close enough to be considered a Poisson distribution.

Why do the two values of σ differ for higher dwell times? Since σ is a measure of deviation of the values from their mean (dispersion), I think that this could be explained by the simple fact that outlyers occur more frequently with longer dwell times, which throw off our data from the ideal Poisson distribution.

**Conclusion**

The data collection of "random" cosmic radiation events proved to fit the Poisson distribution reasonably well. We also saw how, as we increase the dwell time, this distribution begins to fit a Gaussian with an obvious average rate. We showed our selves that our data is characterized by the fact that the standard deviation is reasonably equal to the square root of the mean λ, which is a charactersistic of the Poisson distribution.