Masterclass at UC Santa Cruz

QuarkNet Masterclass

SCIPP (Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics) will be hosting QuarkNet Masterclass where students get to be particle physicists for a day!

As a student, you will gain insight into methods used in analyzing data for particle physics. The day will begin with an introduction to particle physics by particle physicists at SCIPP, who are directly involved with experiments at CERN. The students will then work in groups to analyze actual data from LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and later discuss their results with masterclasses being held around the world. They will be supervised the entire day by mentors trained to lead these classes and will provide assistance throughout.

To learn more information about what students will be analyzing, click on the link below:

-Welcome to Z Path 

This event will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2018.  If you are interested in attending, please register at the link given below. There is limited space and the availability will be on a first come first serve basis. So, apply soon!

Registration for Masterclass 2018 is now closed. Thank you!

Agenda for the day:

9:00–9:30AM - Introduction and talk about Particle Physics by Michael Hance, UCSC/SCIPP Physics Professor

Learn about Masterclass and kickoff the day! You will also learn what particle physics is all about. 

9:30-10:00AM - Presentation by Mentors

Dr. Simone Mazza, who works with the ATLAS experiment, will give a talk about data from the LHC. This will provide insights on the type of data to expect and how scientists actually use it at CERN.

10:00-11:00AM- SCIPP Facility Tour and Cloud Chamber Experiment!

Get an inside look at the experiments going on at SCIPP, which are directly related to the detectors at CERN. Our mentors also have a cloud chamber experiment ready!

11:00AM-12:00PM- Analysis techniques

Your mentors will teach you various methods of analyzing LHC data that will be useful in your future assignment. 

12:00-1:00PM- Lunch

Bring a bagged lunch for lunch with physicists.

1:00-2:30PM- Data Analysis

You will receive some LHC data and a task that you will solve with your group and with the help of mentors and facilitators.

2:30-3:00PM - Discussion and Evaluation of results

Discuss and share your analysis results with all other groups and mentors, who will provide you an evaluation on your projects. 

3:00-3:30PM- Videoconference with FermiLab/CERN

Please bring a laptop, if you have one, that can run java.