QUARKNET and NSF RET SITE: Summer 2003

Julia Thompson

Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Pittsburgh

Adj. Prof. of Physics, Univ. of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL)

Graduate student assistant Ms. Kari van Brunt assisted Thompson and Kraus in leading a group of high school teachers in further investigations of the characteristics of events with separated coincidences, while also preparing equipment and activities for the teachers' home physics classes.

  • Debbie Gremmelsbacher , of Parkway South High School, St. Louis, in preparation for working with her physics class, searched web sites, participated in the Quarknet week at Fermilab, participated in making a scintillation counter, assessed the performance of counters, and studied the counting rate as a function of overlap of two small counters, including coincidence rates with the counters separated. The PMT's for the small counters were the BURLE PMT's (with embedded high voltage) suggested to be used with the coincidence circuitry developed by Howard Matis at Berkeley.

  • Gene Bender, of DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, spent two weeks in Soudan, Minnesota, helping with installation and testing of the MINOS far detector. He also participated in the Quarknet week, and spent the rest of his time learning about the counters and hardware and working with Kraus on solutions to high voltage and readout problems for counters to be used both for pedagogical purposes in high schools and in high school cosmic ray stations which would be part of the proposed network. At the end of his time he began (together with Thompson and Kraus) an pdf or postscript evaluation of the board provided by Fermilab to put GPS time-stamping on an event.

  • Elisabeth Langford , of Southeast High School in Springfield, Illinois, worked on calibration and study of the 6-counter stack and two small counters which had formed the final detector in the summer of 2002. She intends to use this work in conjunction with her Physical Sciences class (mostly 10th graders) and as a project for the science club, which Wanda Britt advises.

  • Steve Grosland , of Chicago, Illinois, worked with Dave Kraus on a second set of scintillator counters an data acquisition system, and also on a literature search of relevant experimental results presented to conferences or in the literature.

  • Mark Godwin of the Governor's School in South Carolina worked on understanding the equipment and on analysis of the 6-counter stack plus 2 smaller counters of the 2002 detector. His report is available either in pdf or postscript format.

    Final Wrap-up Session, 2003

    A final wrap-up session was given 1-4 pm, July 31, 2003, in the group's work headquarters, 405 Research Hall, UMSL. Interested area teachers attended.

    This work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Quarknet Consortium, but these organizations are not responsible for views expressed on this web site. Last modified June 28, 2004, by J.A. Thompson