1:00 PM - WATANABE HALL ENTRANCE

REGISTRATION

As soon as you arrive please register at the front desk outside of the Watanabe Hall entrance.
You can gather information about the physics open house and get registered for the event.

1:15 PM - HIG 110

WELCOME ADDRESS

Dr. Pui Lam, Chair of the Physics Department, will welcome you to this journey in the physics laboratories, opened for this occasion, to show the beauty of physics to the public.

LECTURES

1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm

WATANABE 323

NEUTRINOS
S. LI & R. DORRILL

It’s been about sixty years since the first experimental observation of neutrinos. We will discuss the main features of these elusive particles, and how to detect them.

WATANABE 415

Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life
C. GERRITY

Ever wonder how we know what the stars are made of when we can’t collect a sample? Or how the Curiosity rover searches for evidence of liquid water on Mars? Then come learn how atoms use light to introduce themselves to us!!

WATANABE 113

ASK ME ANYTHING (DISCUSSION)
X. TATA

Have you been curious or puzzled about something in physics and astronomy? Drop by the AMA table to chat with Professor Tata.

OPEN LAB TOURS

ONGOING 1:30pm - 4pm

WATANABE 319

DARK MATTER LAB TOUR
T. THORPE

Dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries in physics today. We know it exists, but what is it? How can we learn more, detect it, study it?

WATANABE 109

NEUTRINO LAB VISIT
V. LI, R. DORRILL, & N. KANESHIGE

Demonstration of the world's smallest neutrino detector miniTimeCube which was deployed at NIST nuclear reactor in 2016. https://www.phys.hawaii.edu/~mtc/
Demonstration of the NeutronTimeCube, new fast-timing
segmented neutron camera.

WATANABE 221

ANTIMATTER LAB
B. CROW AND T. BROWDER

What is the difference between matter and anti-matter? What happens when they come together? How could the early universe (with equal amounts of matter and anti-matter) evolve to its current matter dominated state? This is a fundamental mystery of particle physics and cosmology.

WATANABE 102

FREE ELECTRON LASER TOUR
E. SZARMES

The Mark III free-electron laser (FEL) as it was originally commission at Stanford in 1984! This FEL is used for UH Manoa research into remote sensing and advanced FEL concepts.

HANDS-ON

ONGOING 1:30pm - 4pm

WATANABE 217

BELLE II VIRTUAL REALITY
T. BROWDER

A virtual reality (VR) demonstration using the Oculus RIFT headset. Belle II is a particle physics detector located in Tsukuba, Japan. Electron-positron collisions are viewed inside the Belle II detector. The tracks and energy depositions as particles move, shower, and interact can be viewed in VR. This demo was developed at Virginia Tech and has been shown at events around the world.

WATANABE 421

FUN WITH PHYSICS
M. NASSIR & THE SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS

What do spinning ice skaters to make themselves speed up? How does a ping pong ball stay trapped in a stream of air? See the Phantom Pig! Experience tabletop demos of mechanics, fluids and electromagnetism – brought to you by the Society of Physics Students!

WATANABE COURTYARD

SOLAR TELESCOPES
A. DVORNIKOV & R. PRECHELT

Come look at the surface of the sun with a filtered telescope!! Feel free to get a picture with your phone and ask a physicist about the inner workings of our nearest star!

DEMOS

1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm, 3:30pm

WATANABE 112

COSMIC RAYS
C. LIGHT

Did you know that there are particles from all over the galaxy bombarding Earth at all times? These particles carry information to us, but also pose a radiation concern for astronauts and equipment in space. Learn about these particles, and stay for the Cloud Chamber

WATANABE 112

CLOUD CHAMBER
R. PRECHELT & A. DVORNIKOV

Have you ever seen a subatomic particle? Now is your chance! See how the first human saw the subatomic world of particles using just an aquarium, dry ice, and a flashlight!!

WATANABE 417A

JACOB'S LADDER
M. H. SLOVAK

Ever wonder what creates the spark to make your car’s (gas) engine run? Come see Hawaii’s largest spark plug in action!! A high-voltage Jacob’s Ladder will create miniature lightning and radio waves!!

WATANABE 417A

PHYSICS OF GRAVITATIONAL WAVES
M. H. SLOVAK

Come see a simulation of the greatest discovery in astrophysics of the 21st century: the detection of gravity waves. Come see (and hear a simulation of Einstein’s gravity waves!!

Looking at sun through telescope
Spinning with wheel
Fingers draw current

For questions or to schedule a group visit - email M. Jones mdj@phys.hawaii.edu

Click above for Event info PDF

VOLUNTEERS & PRESENTERS

Veronica Bindi
Brian Crow
Cory Gerrity
Pui Lam
Mike Nassir
Mark H. Slovak
Ryan Dorrill
Michael Jones
Viacheslav Li
Alexis Popkow
Xerxes Tata
Tom Browder
Alex Dvornikov
Nathaniel Kaneshige
Chris Light
Remy Prechelt
Thomas Thorpe
Undergraduates of SPS

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