I am currently working on preparations for the Boulder City RECOn meeting. I am consulting the ever wise, Ihsan on how approach this task.
Happy late new year! In all seriousness, I have gotten some great opportunities in WISRD since the last post. Next year I will officially be the P.I. of the RECON project and to investigate me being P.I. Joe will be sending me to Boulder City for the RECON meeting.
Today we installed some L.E.D. lights to improve future productivity.
I am thinking about promoting a Christmas party for the WISRD group.
Today I controlled the GAVRT telescope and gathered some data. Interestingly the Nebula NGC-7278 increased almost .2 Mhz in just 20 minutes.
After a long delay, we have finally acquired the parts for the PCB we are building for Project PANOPTES. We have also been brainstorming possible futures for my position at the WISRD institution. Joe said I shouldn’t start a new project and try to enhance an existing one, but I kinda want to make a robot or do something that could help the institute’s overall media goals and have a scientific advantage to it.
Since my last post, I have achieved many tasks. In RECON I have been to 2 events and the major one was an event on looking at a comet occulting a star. For PANOPTES we have finished waterproofing. We are still awaiting the electronic components of the robot. I am also working on GAVRT to observe distant black holes and seemed to get a hang of the process of observing
Today the PANOPTES group has completed placing the aluminum for the weatherproofing and 3d printed a custom part.
Hello! I am now working on the SMAAC presentation with the PANOPTES group.
Today we are beginning the 2nd phase project PANOPTES. We need to edit the poster to add the Cal Tech logo and any sponsor and we need to begin writing the paper and gather data to plane in said paper. We also need to finish the bug and leaf cover and place all the electronics into the Camera and Computer box.
I have come up with quite an interesting experiment in my opinion. I have recently learned in class that that Alpha and Beta particles get attracted to magnetic fields. My experiment would involve a chunk of Uranium decaying the particles. These particles will then be manipulated by the magnets and sent into an alpha particle detector (which I recently learned you can make.) Then we can use the is data to maybe determine the percentage or type of Uranium the chunk is and learn more about particle decay.
Some designs for these could be a particle separator
Or a tube model
I’ll have to research which design is more efficient and cheaper.
Today I continue my venture to learn particle physics. The reason I’m doing this to understand and help Bob make his cosmic ray detectors. I must say it is very difficult to understand all the fundamental particles and interactions but, I am trying.
The Particle Adventure. Berkeley Lab, www.particleadventure.org/quarks.html.