Masterclass at UC Santa Cruz
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:
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!
Agenda for the day (Will be updated with more details as available):
9:00 - 9:30AM - Introduction and talk about Particle Physics
Learn about Masterclass and kickoff the day with cool demos like the cloud chamber! You will also learn what particle physics is all about.
9:30 - 10:00AM - Presentation by Mentors
Jason Nielsen, the associate director of SCIPP and 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- Lab Tour
Get an inside look at the experiments going on at SCIPP, which are directly related to the detectors at CERN.
11:00 - 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.