2017-2018 virtual QuarkNet Annual Report
Virtual QuarkNet is a group of teachers who are generally some distance from a research facility. As a consequence, the group meets monthly by video conference (through CERN Vidyo) during the school year and at a physical site once each summer. During the 2017-18 year there were three mentors and 14 teachers. That included two lead-teachers and 4 new members who joined during the year. (Attendance details below.) During the school year the group met on nine Sunday evenings (8PM Eastern) with participation ranging from 10 to 14 with an average of 12.3. At
Annual Report Rutgers University 2017
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.