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Particle Astrophysics Week 2011

This past week was spent studying particles at Penn State University. This amazing opportunity was provided by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. 14 participants from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas were teamed up with leading theoretical and experimental experts in the field. During the week, we were also introduced to several new detectors for studying those enigmatic ultrahigh energy cosmic particles. Here is a bit of info about the team

Stephane Coutu is involved with the Pierre Auger Observatory Project,the Cosmic Rays Energetics And Mass (CREAM) project, the Cosmic Ray Electron Synchrotron Telescope (CREST) experiment, and was involved with the NASA-supported High-Energy Antimatter Telescope (HEAT) program, and the Monopole, Astrophysics, and Cosmic Ray Observatory (MACRO) project

Irina Mocioiu
presented all of the fun facts about particles in a way that makes them easy to understand. Here is her list of great links that can be used at a variety of levels. I highly recommend the Particle Adventure and the Fireworks of Particles

Tyce DeYoung (Left) is currently involved with the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole, and the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) TeV gamma ray observatory at Volcán Sierra Negra, México

Douglas Cowen (Right) is also involved with IceCube

Paul Sommers is involved with, and is one of the Founding Fathers of the Pierre Auger Project located in Argentina.

I will be posting more information about some of the great particle physics you can do in the classroom, but for now, familiarize yourself with the current ongoing projects:
Pierre Auger Observatory

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