Physics Research Project Jan 2006 - May 2007

After a series of electronics failures at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) of equipment near the particle detectors, I examined the effects of fringe magnetic fields (50-200 Guass) on cooling fan behavior. I found that the fan's response is highly dependent on the orientation with respect to the field – an observation that matched the failure pattern. My results were presented at BNL and CERN and I gave poster and oral presentations at the American Association of Physics Teachers / American Astronomical Society joint meeting in January 2007.

detector at Brookhaven National Lab (source: BNL)

AAS / AAPT joint meeting in Seattle

custom test solenoid

test setup

Collaborators: Fr. Thomas McShane (faculty)
Awards: Metropolitan Science and Engineering Fair: 1st place Physics, Computer Science, & Engineering project; 3rd place Grand Prize; 2nd place Armed Forces Award; University of Nebraska at Lincoln Best Engineering/Physics Project
Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences: Herbert Hoover Young Engineer Award; Finalist
Files: poster
Tags: electricity and magnetism, nuclear physics experiments, Brookhaven National Laboratory, CERN, Creighton University

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