Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

HELIX balloon experiment

Posted: February 5, 2021
Application Deadline: February 19, 2021

Dates: First week of May until mid-August 2021 (12 weeks).

A better understanding of propagation through our Galaxy is the key to understand new features of cosmic-ray flux (such as the unexpected excess of anti-matter) discovered by space-based experiments. HELIX is a long-duration balloon experiment designed to measure cosmic-ray isotopes to improve our understanding of the propagation of these particles. To achieve its scientific goals, HELIX needs to measure the trajectories and velocities of the particle very precisely. HELIX is aiming to have a flight in Antarctica in the 2021/2022 season. Students will run detailed detector simulations necessary for interpreting the data that will be collected by HELIX, and will work to remotely support the integration tests of the HELIX payload located at the University of Chicago.

Please contact Nahee Park at nahee.park@queensu.ca