FYS5555 - Research-based Particle Physics
A new course, FYS5555 - Research-based particle physics, has been developed at the University of Oslo. It is based on lectures, hands-on activities and measurements and discoveries at the Large Hadron Collider and other research infrastructures. The course features a 5-days stay at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, where students build and test cosmic muon detectors within the Extreme Energy Events (EEE) project.
The FYS5555 course - Research-based Particle Physics - features a 5-days stay at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, where students build, test and monitor cosmic muon detectors within the Extreme Energy Events (EEE) project. In 2019 12 master and PhD students took part in the event.
In 2018, Norwegian high-school and university students were successfully involved in building cosmic-ray detectors at CERN, operating them in Norway and taking data that, once analysed in a global international effort, will contribute to shed light on Extreme Energy Events (EEE). The work continued in 2019 to monitor the PolarQuEEEst detector still taking data at a Norwegian High School (Nesodden).
The results obtained by the PolarquEEEst experiment, combining three detectors installed in Italy, Nesodden and on board the sailboat Nanuq in a North Pole expedition July-September 2018, are published in 2020, with the title: "New high precision measurements of the cosmic charged particle rate beyond the Arctic Circle with the PolarquEEEst experiment".
After finishing his master thesis June 2019, Michael Arlandoo, funded through the ZPATH project, worked on the PolarquEEEst project together with students and teachers from Nesodden. Through the same funding Arlandoo gathered and developed tools and descriptions used in the practical parts of the FYS5555 course, ranging from frameworks for Supersymmetry phenomenology studies, to tools for performing analysis on the ATLAS open data and cosmic muon data collected with the PolarquEEEst detector installed at Nesodden. Everything has been collected in a GitHub repository and was exploited for the first time in FYS5555 in the spring semester of 2020.