My First Accelerator ‘Hologram’!

Holograms For Physicists #3

Well… I did it. I assembled my first holographic user interface of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, satisfying goal #3 from last week, and an 8 year itch I’ve had. Seriously. I’ve been planning this for 8 years.

Obviously, this is not impressive. But it is a start. I also started down the road of getting a general understanding of quantum mechanics (as in took the first step). This week I read the beginning of an Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David Morin from Harvard Physics.

The math and classic wave and optics physics was hard — given that I’ve never learned it so I just looked up a syllabus for this stuff and found a table of contents covering the basics of that body of knowledge. I can likely find a equivalent book on reserve at a local college here in Denver. Below is a video of me trying to understand partial derivatives:

It is important to remember that I’ll be building augmented reality interfaces for controls, instrumentation, and operations centers (CIO) for particle physics visualizations— not necessarily to explain physics or the supporting math. The explanatory visualizations I make to understand them are the building blocks but not the end goal. I did not accomplish the goal of reading recent paper so leave it as a near term goal. Even if I don’t understand it all, it helps me keep perspective as I learn quantum mechanics. Education systems typically fail at inspiring people to learn with the end in mind. Starting with building blocks is fine in theory but the modular aspect of it essentially builds a insurmountable wall and relegates the genius of the masses to pure apathy by way of conveyor belt conformity. Tragic.

It is likely that I would hear about new research initiatives not by just searching news or going on CERN website but rather knowing people in and around CERN and other collaborative agencies. This will come by virtue of engaging people on Instagram and in person.

Moving on, the fancy light pattern detector (I call things fancy when I have no clue what I’m talking about — which makes almost everything fancy — Congrats, you are fancy) on the international space station isn’t the novel work horse it once was.

Moreover, it seems that CERN doesn’t show their cards. They aren’t hiding any plans — being as they are a international organization — but their website isn’t designed to largely show where they are headed but rather where they have recently been. For instance, with AMS, everything is written in past tense, or future tense from a very date article on the CERN site or that of a collaborator.

A NASA update from June 2018 give overall details and history regarding the study. The only website sections alluding to future studies are expeditions and operations. The site says the nominal duration will last 3 years. Finding out future plans would likely be a function of checking news and networking at NASA and CERN.

The last news article was from May 2017 and discussed how the AMS will be rennovated to operate into 2024.

So it is likely that new partnerships are being formed between CERN and organizations such as NASA. It is likely new mechanisms, more novel than the once so fancy spectrometer, will be constructed — I just don’t know what they are but have a hunch they will be announced.

Don’t get me wrong, CERN discusses the upgrades for making the hadron collider more powerful and sensitive and briefly describe the implications of these efforts but I get the feeling there are more collaborations under the surface and an awareness of those will only arise by engaging the community. That’s ok. I met three CERN employees in Geneva just last August and am returning to the run club where we met come January.

You will start to see me follow more particle Physicists as my hunger increases to devour knowledge. Also, I will not spend time looking into AEGIS. My time is best served understanding the physics behind the CMS / ATLAS / HL — HLC activities.

Goals due by 11/15/18

  • Determine every major component of LHC and CMS and model them with primitive shapes. Put that in a Web Augmented Reality application that anyone can use.
  • I see partial derivatives in the shrodinger equation. Re-learn calculus 3 in a way that solves problems here and now. Step 1: Heat Transfer.
  • Learn Fourier analysis at a basic level. If I can’t, break it down into sub goals.
  • Find out what the symbol ψ means
  • quantum field theory seems important. It unifies quantum mechanics with special relativity, neither thing I actually understand. I will grasp the main point of both in laymen’s terms.
  • Start a project to manage the effort in JIRA. Consider a gitcoin repo. People will likely share my passion for this.
  • Plan what I want to have accomplished by 12/1/2019, and work backwards
  • Set up meetings with people in Geneva. Doesn’t have to be people from CERN. Take anyone who will meet me and have fun with them. MAKE FRIENDS.
  • Measure the difference between what i planned and what I accomplished and use that to be more realistic for the next Sprint.
  • Find every single augmented reality art app. Identify the one that uses GPS mapping and preserves creations. Sign up for Bubbled.IO.
  • Plan the physical places in Geneva where I will make Holograms, and how I’ll post it on instagram (includingCERN and the history of science museum.
  • Post on 3 physics instagrams accounts in repsonse to their thoughts. Find an actual physicist on Instagram.