Our High Energy Physics group's Quarknet program introduces high school teachers and their students to high energy physics. Since 2000, we have held Summer workshops at UIC. The central focus of our program is the design, setup and operation of cosmic ray detectors in high school classrooms.
Teachers and students have constructed their own detetors and have used them to detect cosmic rays from exploding stars to measure:
Our teachers have also contributed to hardware development for the High Energy Physics experiments at Fermilab and CERN. They analyzed dimuon data from the CMS experiment during workshops.
The CMS experiment is located at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC has produced proton-proton collisions at energies 4 times the level available at the world's previous highest energy collider, The Tevatron at Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois. CMS is undergoing an upgrade. Beam will return at 10 TeV cemter of mass next year.