Northern Illinois University QuarkNet Center
Submitted by kcecire
on Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 16:34
The NIU QuarkNet Center works on cosmic rays, ATLAS, and masterclasses, among other projects. The mentor is Dhiman Chakraborty and the lead teacher is Elisa Gatz.
The NIU group is the QuarkNet center for the area around DeKalb IL.
Monday 24 June 2019
Small URL for this page: http://tiny.cc/ca2m8y.
Student Institute Agenda: http://nicadd.niu.edu/cdsagenda//fullAgenda.php?ida=a1923.
09:00 NIU Orientation wih students
09:30 QuarkNet housekeeping (forms and such)
The NIU Quarknet Group had a diverse set of learning opportunities this year, filled with many learning styles and wide breadth of information considerations. The mentor and Teacher Leader of the NIU group, Prof. Chakraborty, Elisa Gatz, respectively, had all rooms, equipment, snacks, and schedule prepared for a highly successful 2016 program. Students and teachers participated in Quarknet sponsored Masterclass on March 3, 2016. The Summer Program followed Masterclass on, June 6-10, with 3 teachers and 21 students. Student and teachers received direct instruction and modeling from several physics professors within the NIU community. The first day all participants were welcomed by Prof. Lurio, the physics department head. Other presentations included HEP, Cosmology and Cosmic Ray Connections by professor Eads. Prof. Adelman presented Elementary Particle Physics at the Energy Frontier. Prof. Chakraborty presented an HEP link to real life presentation called, HEP research and inpact on our everyday lives. The video portions to accompany these presentations were made available to teachers and students via dropbox and online at NIU site for future study and use. Students had numerous opportunities to design, implement, and collect CRMD data on their own experiments. Student results were summarized and shared during a culminating activity at the end of their research time.
Annual Report on QuarkNet activities at the NIU center, 2014
The QuarkNet center at NIU is happy to report another year full of engaged learning activities with participation of students and teachers from several area High Schools. The center’s mentors Profs. Dhiman Chakraborty and Michael Eads were assisted by graduate students Blake Burghgrave and Puja Saha in conducting the annual spring masterclass and summer institute. Detailed programs of these can be found on http://nicadd.niu.edu/quarknet/events.php. In addition, each of two HS students gained 6-week summer internship experience under the supervision of Prof. Eads.
Student: L. Hsiung
Mentor: Michael Eads
Internship dates: July 7, 2014 – August 14, 2014
Abstract: L. Hsiung conducted research related to the new muon g-2 experiment currently being designed and constructed at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. His main focus was on the analysis of data obtained in a test beam effort for a straw tube tracking system for the experiment. The first part of his experience was spent learning some of the software tools, including C++, linux, the ROOT analysis framework, and some preliminary software (written by collaborators) to analyze the test beam data. His focus was on understanding the data from multi-wire proportional chambers (MWPCs), which are used to track the test beam particles. Using a simple event display for this data and a Hough Transform algorithm for track finding, he was able to optimize some of the parameters of the track finding algorithm. In addition to this software work, he also assisted with testing seal prototypes for the straw tube tracker modules. This clean room work involved assembling a vacuum chamber and measuring the leak rate of an O-ring seal. Unfortunately, he was not able to complete this work before the end of his internship since the wrong size O-rings were ordered from the manufacturer.
Student: R. Garg
Mentor: Michael Eads
Internship dates: June 23, 2014 – August 8, 2014
Abstract: R. Garg conducted a software project related to the new muon g-2 experiment currently being designed and constructed at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The first part of her internship experience was spent learning about the software tools used in the experiment (C++, ROOT, Git, linux, etc…) and becoming familiar with the simulation software framework. During this time, she also assisted with installation tasks for the muon g-2 experiment’s magnetic storage ring, which was being reassembled over the summer. The culmination of her internship experience was an acceptance study using the simulation software. The design for a straw tube tracking system for the experiment is currently being finalized and the final location of the individual straw tube modules needs to be optimized. She was able to use her software knowledge and (working with other students and scientists on the experiment) was able to generate a large number of simulated events for several different possible straw tube module placement options. Unfortunately, Her internship time ended just as this simulated data was becoming available. However, the data she produced was then used to finalize the straw tube module placement.
What we plan to do:
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