CosmicWatch Desktop Muon Detector
University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 16 - 18 , 2018
The CosmicWatch Desktop Muon Detector is an MIT based undergraduate-level physics project that incorporates various aspects of electronics-shop and machine-shop technical development. The desktop muon detector is a self-contained apparatus that employs plastic scintillator as a detection medium and a silicon photomultiplier for light collection. These detectors can be battery powered and used in conjunction with the provided software to make interesting physics measurements.
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The project currently consists of myself (Spencer Axani), Katarzyna Frankiewicz from the National Center for Nuclear Research, and Prof. Janet M. Conrad from MIT. I am a 3rd year graduate student at MIT and have been developing this project for about two years. Prior to graduate school, I obtained two degrees, one in Power Engineering Technologies from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the other from the Honors Physics program at the University of Alberta. Over the course of my research career, I have primarily focused on neutrino physics and have worked on projects such as SNO+, IceCube, IsoDAR, and KPipe. My current research involves searching for a fourth flavor of neutrino, known as a sterile neutrino, using the IceCube detector. While most of my time now involves working with software, I have worked with a lot of different hardware and am very experienced in the lab or machine shop.
Spencer N. Axani, MIT Department of Physics, 222 W Washington Ave. #500.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 608 572-8426.