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,

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.

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.

Kansas State University QuarkNet Annual Report 2017

Virginia QuarkNet Center 2017 Annual Report

Quarknet QCC Center 2017 annual report Posted

2017 QuarkNet Annual Report Hawaii

QuarkNet at Wayne State University

QuarkNet at Johns Hopkins University

Parameterization of Flux Graphs

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.