What is this hack?
One of the experiments from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment), has released a small amount of the data for educational purposes. However, it is hard to access and even more difficult to understand. Can we hack a better interface to these data? Can we create a website to allow others to use these data for education or art? Or can we do real science with these data ? I'll bring the data and explain what is in these datasets and some simple tools to interface with these data. Looking for hackers, coders, educators, artists and definitely designers, to figure out if this can be done.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
``The Large Hadron Collider sits in a circular tunnel 27 km in circumference. The tunnel is buried around 50 to 175 m. underground. It straddles the Swiss and French borders on the outskirts of Geneva."
``The LHC is designed to collide two counter rotating beams of protons or heavy ions. Proton-proton collisions are foreseen at an energy of 7 TeV per beam."
The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector
The data for this hack
What is a muon?
A muon is a subatomic particle, related to the electron, but 200 times more heavy!
It possesses either a positive or negative charge.
Muons do not interact very often with atomic nuclei that make up the CMS detector, and so they travel through much of the material and are relatively easy to detect.