MINERvA Detector

Particle physics data in your classroom?

This site provides information and educational materials intended to provide high-school physics students with an in-depth, hands-on interactive experience with real high-energy particle physics. The materials contained inside should be suitable for a 1-2 weeks module on particle physics as it's done by professional scientists.

You can trust us: this project was developed by a collaboration of high school teachers and research physicists using data from the MINERvA experiment. MINERvA is the name of an experiment at Fermilab that is collecting data on how neutrinos interact with matter.

The science is real, and it works in the classroom. You don't have to be Einstein to do particle physics!

Our goal? To show your students how real scientists creatively solve problems and explore the unseen world of fundamental particles.

Borrow our nanosecond stopwatch and time how long muons stopping in the MINERvA detector take to decay. Study a random process and measure properties, including half life, of radioactive decays. Muon Radioactive Decay

Learn more about the radioactive decay exercise

Be a detective and use conservation of energy and momentum to reconstruct the scattering of neutrinos from neutrons inside the nucleus.

Elastic Collisions of Neutrinos

Learn more about the conservation of momentum and energy exercise

Arachne Event Display

MINERvA's Arachne Event Display

Arachne is MINERvA's event display. In these exercises, a simple version of Arachne will allow the students to search for and analyze data from the MINERvA detector.

Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, but not Internet Explorer (sorry). Test Arachne on your computer by looking at stream of consciousness data from MINERvA.