All of the images will be displayed in the S&E Library beginning Friday, May
27, and continuing through the summer. Please stop by and take a look. They
will also be posted on the S&E Flickr page
And the winners are...
1st place - Tadel Matevz, Physics
2nd place - Adam Burgasser, Physics
3rd place - David Rideout, Mathematics
1st place - Rick Wagner, Physics
2nd place - Christopher Doran, ECE
3rd place - Kim Wright, MAE
Honorable Mention - Alireza Kargar, ECE
ChaOss Begets Order I. (1st place - Tadel Matevz, Physics)
The image shows a Z-boson decaying into electron-positron pair inside the Compact Muon Selenoid (CMS) detector at CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland. The event was produced as a result of lead-lead ion collisions at the Large Hadron Collider and is in fact one of the first events in the world where Z-boson production was observed in heavy-ion collisions. The two opposite, dominant red towers show energy depositions of the electron and positron in the electro-magnetic calorimeter of CMS while other smaller red and blue towers represent the energy deposited by remaining low-energy particles in the electro-magnetic (red) and hadronic (blue) calorimeters of CMS.
Stellar Orbits Dragonfly (2nd place - Adam Burgasser, Physics)
Everything in the Universe moves. Moons, planets, stars, even whole galaxies careen through the cosmos, carrying us along. These motions tell us about the origins of celestial objects, how they have evolved, and the medium of matter, dark matter and dark energy they move through.
In my research, I study our nearest brown dwarf neighbors - very low-mass, low-temperature stars they are a "mere" 10-50 light-years away. These stars orbit our galactic system - the Milky Way Galaxy - along many paths that reveal their diverse ages and origins. The image shows the orbital paths of 200 such brown dwarfs based on data collected from the Two Micron All Sky Survey and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, projected to show radial and vertical motions. Some of the orbits are clustered, indicating stellar groups that orbit around the Milky Way together; others are very wide, indicating old stars that are just passing through the Solar Neighborhood.
Prof. Burgasser will be partnering with Prof. Willie Rockward, Chair of Department of Physics and Dual-Degree Engineering at Morehouse College, a historically black college based in Atlanta, GA and one of the largest producers of African-American Physics Bachelors in the US.
In each of the next three years, 3-5 Morehouse undergraduate Physics majors will travel to UCSD for a summer research and graduate training program, co-mentored by UCSD and Morehouse faculty. In addition, support will be provided for faculty to visit each others' institutions to establish and develop research collaborations.
Students selected for the program who subsequently apply and are admitted for graduate study at any UC will also receive graduate stipend support through the Initiative. This is the second UC-HBCU program to be awarded to UCSD; last year the "Pathways to UC San Diego" program was established to link UCSD with Howard University.