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Study of Cosmic Rays Wins CPS Plasma Excellence Award at Intel ISEF
Los Angeles, CA - CPS has awarded their 2014 Excellence in Plasma Physics Award to Michaela Brchnelova, for her study of supernova remnants, structures that result from a star exploding in a supernova. The prize of $1500 is given each year to what the CPS judges determine to be the best plasma-related presentation at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
The annual Intel ISEF (https://student. societyforscience.org/intel-isef) is the world's preeminent science and engineering fair, with more than 1700 student participants from over 70 countries. Ms. Brchnelova's project, titled 'On Tycho Supernova Remnant Accelerating Cosmic-Rays,' examined the possibility that supernova remnants might strongly accelerate cosmic rays. Using radio and x-ray data, she showed that remnants of the Tycho supernova have filaments formed by magnetic field amplification, and that these filaments have physical characteristics that can amplify cosmic rays to energies of order 1015 electron volts—some 1000 times larger than the energies in the Large Hadron Collider. Ms Brchnelova attends the High School of Jura Hronca, in Bratislava, Slovakia.
CPS Chair Lee Berry was aided in judging by Prof. Troy Carter and Postdoc Seth Dorfman, both from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. These judges were impressed that Brchnelova grounded her research in an article written by a UCLA colleague, and that she was able to present her research and theory convincingly.
Besides winning the CPS prize, Ms. Brchnelova received the Intel First Award of $3000 in Physics and Astronomy, as well as an all expense paid trip to tour CERN from the European Organization for Nuclear Research - CERN.
Ms. Brchnelova is no stranger to the Intel ISEF. In 2013 she received the Pricilla and Bart Bock Second Award of $500 for a presentation about x-ray measurements of the Tycho supernova, which she continues to study.
The judges reviewed 13 plasma- related presentations, a number of them dealing with novas of one kind or another. Other topics ranged from satellite design to nuclear fusion. The projects below attest to the variety and creativity of the plasma presentations at this year’s Intel ISEF.
Solid State Fan: Eliot Lim, Shiyang Yu,
Zhong Liang Ou Rang, NUS High
School of Mathematics and Science, Singapore
Cube Satellites: Miniature Satellite Design
and Operations for Pulsed Plasma System
Applications: Matthew Hileman, The
Classical Academy, College Pathways, Colorado
Nova Delphini 2013: A Backyard Analysis
of a Classical Nova: Piper Michelle
Read, Dripping Springs High School,
Dripping Springs, TX
Velocity Gradients in Relation to Spatial
Scales of Star-Forming Dense Cores in
the Perseus Molecular Cloud:
Luhong Li, John L. Miller Great Neck North High
School, Great Neck, NY
The Development of a Novel, Low Cost,
High Power, Tunable UV Supercontinuum
Laser Source: Joseph Patrick Lee,
Saint Peter’s Academy, New Market, AL
3D Hydrodynamic Simulation of Classical
Nova Explosions: Coleman J.
Kendrick, Los Alamos High School, Los
Achieving Net Gain Nuclear Fusion in
Microcapsules of Coupling Sonoluminescence
and Magnetic Compression: Raghum Vamsi Dhara, Mission San Jose
High School, Fremont, CA
Nuclear Fusion Using a Pyroelectric Crystal
Particle Accelerator: Tucker John Sandbakken,
Jason Syndergaard, Maple Mountain
High School, Spanish Fork, UT
Predicting the Strength of Solar Flares
using Sunspot Characteristics: Kayla Ishida,
Waimea High School, Waimea, HI.
Model of Soliton Waves: Jan Mazac, Mendelovo Gymnazium Opaba, Prispevkova Organizace, Opava, Czech Republic
A Novel Method for Quantitative Spectral Classification of R Coronae Borealis Stars: Marianne Virginia Konikoff, Saint Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge, LA
The Relationshiop between Air Properties and the Deflection Experienced by an Electric Arc, Year Two: Isfar Syed Munir, Tracy Joint Union High School, Tracy, CA.
This year more than 1,700 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories displayed their independent research at the Intel ISEF. Photo/Lee Berry
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