a Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of 1/F Noise in the Alpha Decay Rates of AMERICIUM241.
Abstract
New experimental methods and data analysis techniques were used to investigate the hypothesis of the existence of 1/f noise in a alpha particle emission rates for ^{241}Am. Experimental estimates of the flicker floor were found to be almost two orders of magnitude less than Handel's theoretical prediction and previous measurements. The existence of a flicker floor for ^{57}Co decay, a process for which no charged particles are emitted, indicate that instrumental instability is likely responsible for the values of the flicker floor obtained. The experimental results and the theoretical arguments presented indicate that a reexamination of Handel's theory of 1/f noise is appropriate. Methods of numerical simulation of noise processes with a 1/f^{rm n} power spectral density were developed. These were used to investigate various statistical aspects of 1/f ^{rm n} noise. The probability density function for the Allan variance was investigated in order to establish confidence limits for the observations made. The effect of using grouped (correlated) data, for evaluating the Allan variance, was also investigated.
 Publication:

Ph.D. Thesis
 Pub Date:
 1989
 Bibcode:
 1989PhDT........61P
 Keywords:

 Physics: Nuclear