Fermilab/U Chicago Center
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Welcome to the Fermilab/U Chicago QuarkNet Center.
Center at Fermilab that includes Chicago slots
Fermilab: University of Chicago
Student Summer Research and Teacher Workshop Annual Report
The Fermilab/University of Chicago QuarkNet Center sponsored its annual student summer research and teacher workshop for its 11th year. The summer research began June 26th and went until August 4th. The three-day teacher workshop spanned from August 2nd to August 4th. This year’s summer activities included two co-mentor scientists, one mentor teacher, four high school students, (three juniors and one senior), and 16 physics teachers. Teachers from the workshop primarily were from the suburbs west of Chicago, all having taught physics or will be teaching physics this upcoming year. We had a good spread in gender, age, and years of experience in the classroom.
The summer research was very rewarding for the students this year. One of the students worked individually, with a mentor scientist, while the other three students worked together, sharing a mentor scientist. The students conducted research in the projects of areas of the ICARUS Neutrino Detector, and the South Pole Telescope detecting Cosmic Microwave Background. During the week, the students had the opportunity to attend lectures by well-known scientists as well as go on tours of the experiments. We conducted weekly lunch meetings on Mondays to keep up with the logistics and share the progress on the students’ experiments. For the teacher workshop, the students prepared presentations on their experiment and experiences. One of the groups integrated a demonstration of their work into their talk. All of this went very well and we are extremely proud of their progress and accomplishments.
The teacher workshop was also a great success. Teachers immersed themselves for three days at Fermilab experiencing a pilot of the QuarkNet Neutrino Master Class, conducted by Shane Woods. They looked at the research projects done by our QuarkNet students, worked with scientists from Fermilab and toured the NuMI underground (MINOS, MINERvA and NOvA), and MC-1, (Muon/g-2). Scientists included Anne Schukraft, “Introduction to Neutrinos”, and Angela Fava, “Particle Hunting, Why and How?”, Tom Carter, COD, and Brandon Eberly, SLAC. The pilot of the Neutrino Master Class included a number of activities working towards the handling of data from research experiments. Teachers developed plans for implementing higher levels of data collection, interpretation, and explanation.
The Fermilab/University of Chicago QuarkNet Center continues to provide a quality research experience and educational workshop. Both teachers and students expressed their satisfaction.
Lead Teacher: George Dzuricsko
Quarknet Abstract: Joseph Carolan, Maggie Barclay, Maritza Gallegos
The South Pole Telescope: Collaborations for the Cosmic Microwave Background Arielle Pfeil (Bartlett High School), Antony Simonoff (Adlai E. Stevenson High School), and Bradford Benson (Fermilab)
Approximately 13.8 billion years ago, the universe began from a hot, dense state through an explosion of matter and energy, known as the Big Bang. During the primordial stages of the universe, light was emitted during the recombination of particles; this thermal radiation — a near perfect blackbody — is known as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The South Pole Telescope uses a polarization sensitive focal plane and superconducting Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) bolometers to interpret these ~3K (2.725K) microwave signals from the early universe. To characterize the response of these detectors on the South Pole Telescope, calibration is performed with an optical chopper and polarization setup. The purpose of the research conducted through the QuarkNet summer program with the South Pole Telescope is to assist in the development, construction, and testing of this setup which sends modulated light to detectors. Testing of these detectors — known as bolometers — for the South Pole Telescope is necessary to measure whether or not the polarized pixels are orthogonal.
Specific wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation which hit these bolometers originate from an infrared emitter source which simulates a 4K blackbody. From the IR source and through an aluminum tunnel, these wavelengths are sent through a rotating optical chopper which chops light flow at a specific frequency. The light continues onwards to a wire grid that polarizes the IR emission and then to the detectors. Information on the operation of both the optical chopper and the stage holding the polarization grid can be received via scripting through a serial port. The reason to use an optical chopper lies with its ability to reduce noise in the system as the detectors will only be looking for a specific reference frequency. Currently, the optical chopper and polarization setup is installed below a cryostat where the detector orientation lies. Further work will utilize the setup to receive specific readings on the detector’s operation.
QuarkNet Workshop 2017 - Fermilab/University of Chicago Center
August 2-4, 2017
All locations Large Training Room in Training Building (EAOC), unless otherwise stated.
Wednesday August 2
09:00 Welcome & Intros, QN, Data Portfolio
09:45 Talk: Intro. to Neutrino Physics,
11:15 FNAL/U of C QuarkNet: Tom Carter
11:45 Tour logistics & LUNCH
12:45 Meet at Horseshoe (N. side of Wilson Hall)
13:00 Tour of NuMI Underground
16:00 Concluding discussion
16:30 End of day
Friday August 4
08:30 APS/DPF Plenary
10:45 APS/DPF Plenary
13:30 MINERvA Data Express alpha version
15:30 Implementation survey
16:00 End of Workshop
Thursday August 3
09:00 Morning Discussion,
09:15 Talk: "Paricle Hunting, Why and How?"
10:00 Student Presentation: ICARUS
11:30 Student Presentation: SP Telescope
13:00 Tour of Muon g-2
14:15 Activity: Particle Cards
15:00 DP Activity: TOTEM Data Express
16:00 End of Day Discussion;
16:30 End of Day
Symmetry article with Angela Fava
Neutrinos in the Classroom site/resources
- Tom Carter, FNAL Mentor
- Brandon Eberly, FNAL Mentor
- George Dzuricsko, FNAL Lead Teacher
- Shane Wood, QuarkNet National Staff
Participating teachers will be able to:
- Organize data using the cosmic ray muon e-Lab.
- Specify limitations and assumptions of a propsed experiment.
- Manipulate apparatus using appropriate data acquisition equipment for calibration, characterization, and analysis of measurements.
- Generalize from data possible sources and scale of experimental error.
- Summarize and communicate claims, evidence and results to demonstrate the nature of scientific research.
- Implement plans to use the cosmic ray e-Lab with the classroom community.
Times and specific activities are subject to adjustment.
Location is BIC Room 3740, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
Saturday February 4, 2017
09:00 Intros, learning objectives, norms
09:30 QuarkNet introduction, needs assessment, intro cosmic ray studies
10:45 Set up CRMDs
13:00 CRMD study
15:00 Set up detector for taking data; e.g., configured for muon speed measurment
15:30 Reflection & discussion of day
16:00 End of day; Take CR data until next week
Saturday, February 11, 2017
09:00 Review previous week's activities
09:30 Parallel research groups:
13:00 Team CR Investigation; Posters
15:30 Reflection & discussion of day
16:00 End of day