Project GRAND 2017
Project GRAND uses proportional wire chamber stations to measure muons as they hit the ground. Keeping the stations operational by troubleshooting various hardware and software issues was a major part of the summer work. 20 station huts were brought back online. Upgrades to the project included updating parts of the monitoring software, updating the wiki, re-writing directions for the gas changeover procedures, and building a better understanding of the system’s data storage and retrieval process. New investigations included compiling data to search for solar flares,
Developing a Microtubule Dynamic Instability tutorial
Cosmic ray muon flux vs. atmospheric pressure and solar flares, D. Buitrago, R. Armendariz, M. Damas, CCURI Conference poster 2017
Notre Dame QuarkNet Annual Report 2017
LHC Masterclass Library 2018
Virginia Tech QuarkNET Center - Report for Year 2017
The Virginia Tech QuarkNET group has currently 2 leading teachers, and three members that are also high school teachers. Rebecca Jaronski and Nick Merrill both organized the workshop this year, unfortunately Nick had a job offer in Georgia and has to leave. Thank you Nick for the great work and we will welcome you anytime back. Rob Culbertson, a new member, had step in as a leading teacher to help Rebecca with our center activities.
Unusual Variable Star KIC 8462852
On May 24, 2017, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) issued an alert that requested observations of the unusual variable star KIC 84628462. Also known as Tabby’s Star after Tabetha Boyajian (Yale University), the star had achieved notoriety as the “alien megastructure” star. Due to this alert, we decided to concentrate on KIC 84628462 (hereafter referred to as Tabby’s Star) as the main object of our summer research for 2017.
Agenda for November 18, 2017 Meeting Steward School, Richmond, VA
8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee, Snacks, Chatting
9:00 am - 10:00 am Joah Part 1
10:00 am - 10:15 am Break
10:15 am - 11:30 am Josh Part 2
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Working Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Activity - Cosmic Rays and the Sun
1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Break
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Exploration: simulation of Lorenz Force
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Planning for Spring meeting
The Use of Cosmic Ray Detectors for Imaging Large Objects
When charged particles from outside Earth’s atmosphere reach Earth, the particles collide with the atoms in the atmosphere and separate into subatomic particles, such as muons. Muons can be detected with Cosmic Ray Detectors (CRDs). Muons can be used to detect the presence, shape, or thickness of certain materials in a method similar to X-Ray machines. In this study, muons and CRDs were utilized in an attempt to create an image of a monument composed of materials one may find in an archaeological inquiry. A stone fountain was analyzed.