Tools & Experimental Research (TER) Projects

High Speed Camera for Plasma Lab with Raspberry Pi with Prof. Carter

Manager: Sriram Bharadwaj – Sponsor: Prof. Troy Carter – Learning Objectives: Experimental Design, Electronics, Engineering, C++

Applications Closed

The plasma in LAPD is operated in pulsed mode, for about 10 ms duration once per second.  Remarkable physics happens on the time scale of 10 ms, so we need a camera that has a shutter speed in this ballpark, e.g. 10-100 us.  There are several available for over $1000. Instead, we want to look at cheap cameras available for use on a Raspberry Pi.  Some of them claim to go down to 50µs exposure time, but anything sub-millisecond would be useful, just the shorter the better. This team’s goal is to identify a camera suitable for this type of operation and operate it using a Raspberry Pi with C++.

Elementary Particle Detection

Manager: PJ Smigliani – Sponsor: Prof. Nathan Whitehorn – Learning Objectives: Elementary Particle Physics, Hardware Engineering and Design, Data Analysis

Applications: Closed

Cloud chambers were used in the discoveries of the positron (1932) and the muon (1936) by Carl Anderson, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his positron discovery. In this project, team members will learn about elementary particles, design and build a cloud chamber, and use it to detect muons reaching the earth. Team members can then choose to use it to observe the fluctuations in muon flux at high altitudes, which entails a field trip to a nearby mountain with the built cloud chamber. Members can also measure certain quantities such as the muon’s charge to mass ratio with the chamber. The cloud chamber may also be put on display in the Physics and Astronomy Building.