CosRay Neutron Monitors

Update

Deployment Delayed: Juan was unable to join the team due to medical issue. Diario en Español: ¡Puede leer la bitácora de expedición en Español! Para acceder la versión en español de cada entrada en la bitácora de la expedición, haga click en la pestaña "Journal Tab" en la parte superior de ésta página. Después, seleccione la entrada en la bitácora que desee leer haciendo click en la pestaña "Read Full Journal Entry" al lado de cada foto. Una vez que haya entrado a la versión en Inglés, haga click en la pestaña "Translation" para llegar a la versión en español.

What Are They Doing?

2014 team members Paul and Sam removing neutron monitor tubes. Photo from UWRF Blog2014 team members Paul and Sam removing neutron monitor tubes. Photo from UWRF Blog

We will be performing maintenance on the neutron monitors. The neutron monitors are used to study the sun, which occasionally undergoes solar storms that produce bursts of energetic particles. We are interested in learning more about the energy range and abundance of the particles produced in these events, which is important for understanding how to protect electronics and the electrical grid from extreme space weather events.

¿Qué están haciendo?

CosRay: Monitoreo de Neutrones

Nuestro trabajo consistirá en dar mantenimiento a los monitores de neutrones. Estos sensores son utilizados para estudiar al sol, el cual produce ocasionalmente tormentas solares en las que emite partículas de gran energía. Nos interesa aprender más sobre el rango energético de éstas partículas, asi como sobre su abundancia, ya que esto nos permitirá predecir mejor las tormentas solares y así podr proteger equipos electrónicos y las redes eléctricas acá en la tierra.

Where Are They?

A view of McMurdo Station from Ob Hill. McMurdo Station, Antarctica.A view of McMurdo Station from Ob Hill. McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

We will be staying at McMurdo station, and working at the CosRay building, which is a short hike from the station, just beyond Observation Hill. The neutron monitor project is the longest continuously running experiment in Antarctica.

¿En dónde están?

Nos hospedaremos en la estación McMurdo y trabajaremos en el edificio CosRay, a corta distancia de la estación, un poco más allá del Observation Hill. El proyecto de detección de neutrones es el experimento de monitoreo continuo más longevo en la Antártida.

Expedition Map

Journals

Expedition cancellation
Some of you might be wondering where are the Antarctic stories, the pictures and videos of the White Continent. Shouldn't I be in Antarctica by now, posting about the expedition? I have disappointing news; I am back at home while the rest of the group is in Antarctica. Here is the short story of what happened: Medical cancellation I got frostnip on some of my toes a year ago. Frostnip returned this year and I was not aware. One toe developed a large open sore that got infected. The infection spread to my leg's lymph channels, what used to be called blood poisoning, just three days before...
Ana during the summer of 2011
“Daddy, why did you go to Antarctica?’ Asked Ana in a severe tone of voice. “I went to Antarctica because I wanted to see penguins,” I replied, thinking that would be a good enough answer for a four year old. “But you could have seen them here in the zoo,” said Ana. “You’re right,” I said, as I searched for a better answer. “I could’ve seen the penguins here at the zoo, but I wanted to see them in the wild. I wanted to see how they live when they’re not at the zoo.” I was enjoying one of the most magical moments of the day, helping Ana get ready for bed. We’d finished reading her book and...

Project Information

Dates:
4 January 2016 to 27 January 2016
Location: McMurdo Station / Estación McMurdo
Project Funded Title: Neutron Monitor Observations Of Cosmic Rays From Jang Bogo And McMurdo Station

Meet the Team

Juan Botella's picture
Monona Grove High School
Monona, WI
United States

Juan obtained a masters degree in oceanography through a joint program between the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before becoming a teacher. During his days as a graduate student, Juan enjoyed working in the field and being able to communicate the science with other people. He decided to become a teacher so he could help more people understand and enjoy science. Juan has the pleasure of teaching AP physics, climate and weather, and astronomy. When Juan is not teaching or enjoying time with his two kids and wife, he is cooking, playing soccer, taking pictures, cross country skiing, biking or jogging.


Juan obtuvo una maestría en Oceanografía en el programa conjunto entre el Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution y el Massachusetts Institute of Technology antes de convertirse en maestro de escuela. Durante sus días como estudiante de posgrado, Juan disfrutó el trabajo de campo y el comunicar la ciencia a otras personas. Decidió dedicarse a la enseñanza para poder ayudar a más gente entender y disfrutar de las ciencias. Juan tiene el placer de enseñar AP Física, Astronomía y Meteorología y Climatología. Cuando no se encuentra en el salón de clases, Juan disfruta su tiempo con su esposa y sus dos hijos, o cocinando, jugando fútbol, tomando fotografías, esquiando, en andando en bicicleta o corriendo.

Jim Madsen's picture
University of Wisconsin River Falls
River Falls, WI
United States

Dr. Madsen is the chair of the Physics Department at UW-River Falls and Associate Director of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory where he directs the education and outreach program. His research interests include heliophysics and astrophysics, which he has studied at his various projects in Antarctica. In addition to research, Dr. Madsen is committed to reaching a broad audience beyond the research community. He is involved in education and outreach for the IceCube project including professional development courses for teachers and science and math instruction for the UWRF Upward Bound Program. He collaborates with a number of programs and institutions in addition to PolarTREC, including the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, UW-River Falls Upward Bound and McNair Programs, and service groups (Rotary International, Boy and Girl Scouts, university alumni associations, etc.). You can read more about Dr. Madsen's work here and here.

"Working in Antarctica is a wonderful adventure, and it is great to provide opportunities for others to have this awesome experience."

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