The Project

  • The Escaramujo Project will provide a series of hands-on laboratory courses on High Energy Physics and Astroparticle Instrumentation, in Latinamerican Institutions. The Physicist Federico Izraelevitch travels on a van with his family, from Chicago to Buenos Aires, teaching the courses.

  • The courses will take place at Institutions in México, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Brasil, Paraguay and Argentina, at an advanced undergraduate or graduate level.

  • The sessions are based on a cosmic ray detector developed specifically for the project. The students will assemble and start it up during the courses.

  • After each course, one detector will remain at the academic institution to be used by the faculty in facilitating the continued education of future students, in order to develop interest in science and engineering.

  • All the institutions will remain linked as a community that, together, can contribute to the larger worldwide efforts in cosmic ray science through data collection and analysis, or other investigations like detectors for medical applications or volcano tomography with muons.

  • Topics of laboratory courses may include:
    • elementary particle physics and cosmic ray phenomena
    • radiation detection and instrumentation
    • low-level light sensing with solid state devices
    • front-end analog electronics
    • object-oriented data analysis (C++ and ROOT)