Notre Dame QuarkNet Center
Submitted by kcecire
on Monday, May 6, 2013 - 09:22
Welcome to the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center (NDQC). We are located at 929 North Eddy Street in South Bend, Indiana, and are part of the University of Notre Dame, one of the parent institutions of the QuarkNet program. We hold teacher meetings every Monday during the school year, holidays excepted, and we have a very active summer research program for teachers and students.
The Notre Dame QuarkNet Center is the home to QuarkNet efforts at the University of Notre Dame and in Michiana.
Project GRAND is an array of 64 proportional wire chamber stations, located on the north edge of the Notre Dame campus. Project GRAND provides insights into the origins of cosmic rays from extraterrestrial sources, and also permits a method of detecting solar events and the ways in which they interact with Earth. The experiment was originally operated in support of graduate and undergraduate research programs under the direction of Dr. John Poirier, Professor Emeritus of Physics, and was constructed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Maintenance and upkeep of the detector array and its associated hardware and software is on ongoing task that is labor-intensive. Numerous repairs and upgrades continue to increase the operability of the experiments and reduce the workload required to operate and maintain the experiment. The project serves as a valuable outreach tool for high school students and teachers to study astrophysics.
The biocomplexity group developed a protein binding model for biochemistry, examined several different types of “random walks” (typically used in stochastic modeling), and revamped and redesigned the University of Notre Dame’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Biocomplexity teacher website;Computational Biomodeling . The student member of the group was B. Bahr and the teacher members of the biocomplexity group were Michael Sinclair and Helene Dauerty.
CMS Upgrade continued research looking for a detector which can tolerate the high levels of radiation found near the beam line. Our line of research began with the idea of imbedding a optical fiber in a quartz tube. The quartz tube is rad hard so it will tolerate the environment for long periods of time. We have now replace the optical fiber with a liquid detector. The advantage of using a liquid is that when it eventually is destroyed by the radiation it can be flushed out and replaced with new liquid. We used a MatLab program to compare the light output in different samples. We also used a spectrophotometer to compare samples of liquid detector irradiated at various levels. Members of our team include Mark Vigneault, Mike McKenna and Barry Baumbaugh, all of whom are staff from Notre Dame QuarkNet. plus John Taylor and Brian Dolezal, high school teachers, and two high school students E. Beach and C. Whittaker.
The astrophysics group studied the unusual eclipsing variable star EE Cephei. Using a CCD and colored filters at the Morrison Observatory, Jordan Hall of Science, images of EE Cephei were obtained on four separate evenings. The CCD images were analyzed to obtain magnitudes in blue, infrared, visual, and red wavelengths. The magnitude measurements were submitted to the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) for inclusion in a public database. The astrophysics group also participated in asteroid research sponsored by the International Asteroid Search Collaboration (IASC). The students used software to analyze sixteen data sets of asteroid images. Each data set was used to determine the positions of known and potential asteroids, and reports for each data set were submitted to the IASC. The student members of the astrophysics group A. Lucker, K. Huitsing, and J. Purcell. The teacher members of the astrophysics group were Aaron McNeely, Dan Walsh, and Caroline Fletcher.
The CMS Data Group analyzed 2000 dimuon events, 500,000 top candidate events and 500,000 simulated top background events during the summer of 2014. The dimuon events were analyzed with Matlab. The top events were analyzed with C++ and ROOT. The student members of the CMS Data Group were N. Bhagat, P. Evans and L. Swartzendruber. The teacher members of the CMS Data Group were Jill Ziegler, Daniela Gayoso and Patrick Mooney.
QuarkNet Center at Notre Dame, July 17-18, 2013, 1:00-4:00 pm
Tiny URL for this page: http://tinyurl.com/iled-nd14.
Group A participates in the Masterclass program on July 17 and the Cosmic program on July 18. Group B has the reverse schedule. This agenda is subject to modification.
Masterclass (Group A 7/17, Group B 7/18)
1:00 pm Orientation
1:20 pm Introduction to CMS science
2:00 pm Data measurement
2:45 pm Break and discussion
3:00 pm Finish data measurement
3:30 pm Discussion of mass plot results
4:00 pm End for day
Cosmic (Group A 7/18, Group b 7/17)
1:00 pm Orientation
1:20 pm Introduction to Cosmic Rays
2:00 pm Detector Construction
2:45 pm Break and detector adjustments
3:00 pm Experiments
3:45 pm Analysis/Upload
4:00 pm End for day
Tiny URL for this page: http://tinyurl.com/pldrdk5
Bremen High School, 511 West Grant Street, Bremen IN 46506 (tel 574-546-3511)
|Day and Time||Tasks and links||Facilitators|
|Mon 28 Apr, 09:40-10:50 ET||Preparatory activities||McNeely|
|Tue 29 Apr, 09:40-10:50 ET||Exoplanet presentation by ND astrophysicist||Phillips, McNeely|
|Wed 30 Apr, 09:40-10:50 ET||Data analysis prep||McNeely, Cecire, Kraner|
|Thu 01 May, 09:40-10:50 ET||Data analysis||McNeely, Cecire, Kraner|
|Fri 02 May, 09:40-10:50 ET||Discussion of results||Phillips, McNeely|
Welcome students and teachers!
This page will serve as your guide to the CMS Masterclass at Notre Dame. Please check it regularly, as it will be updated in the coming weeks.
Step 1: Preparation
|You will have chances to prepare at school and at home for the masterclass. In school, you may do two or more of the following exercises:
Here are two web sites you can study at home that will help you prepare:
Rolling with Rutherford data table from Riley High School.
Rolling with Rutherford histogram from Science Alive.
Step 2: Begin
We will hold a session from about 9 am to 3 pm as part of the science education forum at Notre Dame on March 1. (Snacks and lunch provided!) Here is what we plan:
- Presentation and practice to analyze actual CMS data yourself
- lunch with physicists
- Tour of Notre Dame particle accelerators (tentative)
- Digital Visualization Theatre show on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (tentative)
The Forum will be held in Jordan Hall at the University of Notre Dame. Register here!
arrive, light breakfast (Jordan lobby)
overview of CMS and masterclass (Jordan 411)
tour of ND accelerators (Niieuwland)
how to analyze CMS data (Jordan 411)
lunch (Jordan lobby)
data analysis assignments and practice (Jordan 411)
DVT show (Jordan DVT)
end of day
Watch this space for more details!
Step 3: Analyze Data at Home
After Step 2, you will have what you need to analyze the data online from home. You can do a little every day or get it all done in one sitting: you have 100 CMS events to analyze before March 20.
- CMS masterclass website, http://cms.physicsmasterclasses.org/cms.html
- Google spreadsheet, http://tinyurl.com/mcband14
- Cheat sheet, http://tinyurl.com/cmshelp14 .
Step 4: Videoconference
On Thursday March 20, you are invited to the Notre Dame QuarkNet Center to finsh your masterclass project. Here is your tentative agenda:
09:30 am arrive, eat doughnuts, chat
10:00 am discuss your overall results with a Notre Dame particle physicist (spreadsheet)
11:00 am videoconference with masterclass students at Biblioteca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypyt (indico page)
12:00 pm all done!
Who ya gonna call? Contacts: