5:30pm–7:00pm No-host meet & greet
7:00pm–8:00pm Buffet dinner
8:00pm Announcements and technical presentation
Our speaker will be Howard Mattis, Affiliate Staff Scientist at LBNL.
Detecting Cosmic Rays with the Berkeley Lab Muon Detector
Abstract: Cosmic radiation is everywhere; its study is of deep scientific interest. In 2015, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to two researchers who buried their detectors deep underground to shield them from charged cosmic rays so they could identify cosmic neutrinos. Current experiments that search for exotic phenomena, such as Dark Matter and Proton Decay, also need to be constructed deep under the earth's surface to shield from these charged rays.
At Berkeley Lab, we have created a portable cosmic ray detector (cosmic.lbl.gov) to educate the public on radiation. We use it to demonstrate that we are bombarded by radiation that we cannot shield. It is an ideal instrument to use because the observer receives no additional radiation exposure. Students, teachers, and researchers all over the world have used this design. It has been built for science projects, flown on rockets, brought deep underground, and carried on balloons. In fact, the Berkeley Detector has traveled to all of the continents of the world including Antarctica.
The buffet dinner menu will feature:
The dinner meeting will be held at the Berkeley Yacht Club, on the north end of the Berkeley Marina.
Berkeley Yacht Club
1 Seawall Drive
Berkeley, CA 94710