The Project

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

  • The courses took 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 were based on a cosmic ray detector developed specifically for the project. The students assembled and started it up during the courses.

  • After each course, one detector remained 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.

  • Topics of laboratory courses included:
    • 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)