University of Hawaii QuarkNet Center
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Welcome to the QuarkNet Center at the University of Hawaii. We serve teachers on the Hawaiian Islands.
QuarkNet UH Manoa Annual Report, Sept. 2018 – Aug 2019
Event 1 - Cosmic Ray Workshop, Sept 29, 2018, Punahou School
QuarkNet Teacher Participants:
Summary of Hawaii Cosmic Ray Day workshop on 28 Sept. 2019 by Michael Jones. The workshop Saturday went well except for a delay at the start due to heavy traffic on the freeway. There were 21 high school students from 4 high schools: 10 from McKinley 8 from Kamaile Acad. plus teacher 2 from Leilehua plus teacher 1 from Kaiser plus teacher Three other QuarkNet high school teachers helped. Also helping were several grad students and postdocs from Prof. Bindi's group.
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - Event Cancelled due to Covid-19.
University of Hawaii
09:00 Welcome and introductions
09:15 QuarkNet "housekeeping"
Emi Ahlo - Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, Honolulu, HI
Using flux graphs, the reliability of a Student Cosmic Ray Detector can be identified. Analysis of
numerous detectors with a variety of geometry and parameters have produced specific detector data
characteristics that identify reliable detectors. The two most telling properties are a horizontal best fit
line in the flux plots, and no more than 15% of a deviation from that line.
Kahiwakuikanaulu Hoe - Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
In order to analyze the relationship between muon decay time and elevation from sea level, muon
detectors from around the world were reviewed for accuracy. The amount of flux and the consistency of
the detector were the primary factors to monitor, and the lifetimes of each school along with its
respective elevation were plotted to show a positive correlation between 40 m and 240 m of elevation,
but higher altitudes had too few data points to draw a notable conclusion.
John Mailolo - Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Cosmic showers are a natural event caused by radiation, which may produce negative and mutagenic
effects within human populations. This study defines the parameterization to measure and detect
increased levels of cosmic radiation, utilizing solar flare data first, then flux levels.
In addition to parametrization, this methodology predicts a correlation with cosmic radiation on Earth,
within one to three days. This parameterization also highlights the potential boundaries at which solar