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Cosmic Ray Workshop

UW QuarkNet Cosmic Ray

This is a five day workshop for high school teachers and students during which they receive training in the use of QuarkNet's cosmic ray muo​​n detector (CRMD), eLab and LHC master class. The eLab provides an online environment in which students, working in a research group, experience the environment of scientific collaborations in a series of investigations into high-energy cosmic rays. 



  • Cosmic Ray Muon Detector manual [pdf​] by Chunyang Ding


Mentor: Prof. Shih-Chieh Hsu <>, Michal Park <>

Lead Teacher: Rose Emanuel <

QuarkNet Fellow: Rose Emanuel <>, David Trapp <>​

QuarkNet Staff: Mark Adams <>

Technical Support: Steve Strausz


Workshop Documents and Links


Introduction to Cosmic Rays


CMS e-Lab

Invited Talks

Other Resources

  • VIDEO: Ring of Truth- Phillip Morrison (PBS)Morrison's 1987 PBS series, THE RING OF TRUTH, where in the episode "Mapping" he drives along a longitude line from border to border, demonstrating *pre-modern navigation* using Eratosthenes’ method to find latitudes, and Cassini’s tables of Jupiter’s moons to find longitude.
  • Compton Cosmic Ray Studies with Electroscopes -Arthur H. Compton's organization of expeditions in the early 1930s to measure cosmic ray fluxes with uniform instrumentation (electroscopes) at many sites in the US and around the world. This article details his journeys.
  • Chunyang Ding​'s muon text book - hands-on experiments for the CRMD


Other Notes

  • Rooms and projectors must be booked by mentors before June
  • Check lab manager's availability and ask for leaving items we usually need out and accessible (scopes, connector adapters, cables).