Photo Credit: Elliott McCrory
School: Carmel Catholic High School, Mundelein, Illinois
Home: Grayslake, Illinois
Mentor: Anne Schukraft
Who I am: I'm entering my tenth year as a physics teacher at Carmel Catholic H.S. in Mundelein, Illinois.
Research: I worked with two scientists, a graduate student, and an undergraduate student on the construction of a cosmic ray tagger for the world's largest (760 ton) liquid Argon neutrino detector, ICARUS, part of three detectors in the Fermilab Short Baseline Detector Experiment. The cosmic ray tagger has to see with 100% efficiency cosmic ray muons that can cause background in the ICARUS detector. The focus of our work was to refurbish scintillator detectors that were used in an experiment that was in a mine in Minnesota. We checked for light leaks, and checked they worked correctly and calibrated them using a radiative source and using cosmic ray muons triggered using a separate hodoscope system. I found that research at Fermilab is an intensely collaborative effort, and that particle physics is national and global by nature and necessity. Fermilab scientists draw on many skills to fulfill their projects and analyze data.