Outreach Effort for Penn Physics and Astronomy

At the Penn Summer Science Academy (PSSA) students listen to a lecture, delivered from CERN by Professor Elliot Lipeles, on the discovery of a Higgs-like particle the day after the international announcement.

 

SDSS Galaxy Survey

The UPenn Fit Catalog provides 2-d galaxy profile fits in several visible bands using SDSS data.  Additional data collected from other sources is provided to facilitate analysis. The catalog is constructed and maintained by Professor Mariangela Bernardi and her group.

 

Bioluminescence

Professor Alison Sweeney studies bio-optical properties of cephalopods and the cellular and biochemical mechanisms of dynamic camouflage.

 

Jamming and the Glass Transition

Professor Andrea Liu's group studies the theory of jamming - the phenomenon wherein a system that normally flows much like a liquid (as with foams) become solid-like when subjected to shear stress.

 

Large Hadron Collider - ATLAS Higgs candidate event

An event captured by the ATLAS detector in the search for a Higgs boson decaying into two Z bosons, one of which goes into a pair of electrons and two muons (the two tracks shown in red). There is no way to tell if this particular event comes from a Higgs decay or simply from a background event such as one containing two Z bosons.