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Cosmic Ray Workshop 2015

UW QuarkNet Cosmic Ray Workshop

Aug 17- Aug 19 2015

This is a three 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) and Cosmic eLab. 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. 


From​ start to finish this is a  teacher-guided and student-led project. Each teacher could bring upto 4 students to join the program. This year we can support upto  6 teachers and 12 students. 


During these 3 days will be dedicated to the Cosmic Ray Detector and e-Lab. These detectors are new to UW and are not made with CASA ( yellow scintillator) components. The e-Lab is where the cosmic data is uploaded and stored and from which data analysis will be performed on your collected data. This does not use LabView nor the UW generated analysis tools as was the case for the previous WALTA detectors. Robert S. Peterson (a.k.a. Bob) from Fermilab will lead you in the building and standing up the new detectors. You will also plateau ( optimize) the detector and use the data for analysis. You will even be able to construct an online poster!


Stipend support:

Each participant teacher can receive a stipend of $100/day and each participant student can receive a stipend of $64/day. 

Apply Here: Teacher Application.html


Instruments prepared by participants:

Each group (two people) needs one laptop (MacOS preferred/Windows is​ fine)

Schedule: 9am~5pm  



UW PAB B248  [map][travel]

​Parking: CENTRAL PLAZA GARAGE, LEVELS C2-C5​ (note: The physics building is due south of the parking garage. The closest parking will be on the lowest level, C5, and will be near the exit ramp. Tell the attendant that you are in the QuarkNet Workshop.



Kelso High School Rose Emanuel <> - TBC  
Nathan Hale High   ​Zoë Bell <>​
Claire Kantner <>​
TESLA STEM High Peter Saxby <> Ben Zabback <>
Meagan Lotz <>

Margo Nanneman <>

Bellevue College Physics Kevin Wheelock <
Interlake High​ ​Sunayana R <>
​Forest Ridge ​Tavarez, Maritza <>
​​​Aug 17Aug 18​Aug 19
​Program ​Cosmic Ray Muon Detector/eLab; Instructor: Bob ​Peterson ​ ​<>​
9am ​Shih-Chieh Hsu: Welcome/Intro Cosmic eLab Prof. Toby Burnett: gamma rays
​10am Bob Peterson: ​CRMD overview​ ​data-taking ​group reports
​11am Prof. Jeffrey Wilkes: galactic cosmic ray Chunyang Ding:CRMD experiments ​group reports
​1pm-5pm ​CRMD assembly, plateau, calibration ​data taking & analysis ​workshop done by 12pm
Mentor: Prof. Shih-Chieh Hsu 
Invited Speakers: Prof. R. Jeff Wilkes, Prof. Tobby Burnett
UW QuarkNet Staff: Bob Peterson <>
Technical Support: Steve Strausz
UW QuarkNet Fellow: David Trapp
Workshop Documents and Links
Introduction to Cosmic Rays
Reference Materials
  • Workshop preparation for metors and teachers [WorkshopPrelimsMar2015.docdoc]
  • CRMD overview [CosmicWorkshop2015RevC.pptppt] by Bob Peterson

  • Galactic and extra-galactic cosmic rays: ground based air shower experiments [UHECR-jw-qnetworkshop15smaller.pdfpdf] by Prof. Jeff Wilkes
  • Cosmic Ray Muon Detector manual [pdf​] by Chunyang Ding

Other Resources

  • Workshop photos​ 
  • 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.