73rd Series of the Compton Lectures


Title :
"99 YEARS OF DISCOVERY: WHAT IS OUR CURRENT PICTURE OF COSMIC RAYS?"
We are living in a great era supplied with a continuous flow of new discoveries about the universe. There are several telescopes on the ground and in space providing beautiful pictures generated with the light coming from the stars, galaxies and different parts of the universe. However, light is not the only messenger. There are particles coming from the universe – from our galaxy and likely from outside of our galaxy. Since Victor Hess’s discovery of these alien particles, which were later named “Cosmic Rays”, 99 years have passed. There are many questions about Cosmic Rays: Where are these coming from? How and where do they gain their energy? Can our knowledge of the universe provide sufficient mechanisms to explain what we’ve measured on Earth? Since the discovery, there have been numerous experimental and theoretical efforts to answer these questions. Much significant progress has been made here in Chicago by lots of scientists, including Arthur Holly Compton, for whom the lecture series is named. Now, just one year short of the centennial of discovery, how are we doing withall these questions?
During this season’s Compton lecture series, we will talk about what kind of knowledge we can gain by looking at Cosmic Rays, and we will take a look at our current picture of Cosmic Rays. Also, we will find how the knowledge obtained from light and particles can complement our understanding of the universe.

Lectures and Lecture handout
Lecture #1. What are Cosmic Rays? Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #2. How can we see Cosmic Rays? Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #3. Looking at our environment: a cosmic ray perspective Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #4. Looking at the universe through different glasses Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #5. How Cosmic Rays gain their enrgy? Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #6. How Cosmic Rays travel to Earth? Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #7. Where is the origin of Cosmic Rays? Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #8. What kind of things Cosmic Rays can tell us? Slides Handout Etc
Lecture #9. Our Current Picutre on Cosmic Rays Slides Handout Etc

Special Event
AMS-02 Launching
May 8th at 12:09 p.m. EDT

* AMS-02 general public homepage

Research Institutes Time Capsule Opening
Thursday, June 2, 4 p.m.
The Research Institutes
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Sixty years ago, Enrico Fermi planted a time capsule in the cornerstone of the Research Institutes building. Join fellow students and faculty during Alumni Weekend to see what he placed there. You will also get to learn about the building's former tenants-the Enrico Fermi Institute and James Franck Institute-and the work they have done to shape scientific history.
Finally, you will learn about the Physical Science Division's next research facility, the William Eckhardt Research Center. This new addition will help carry the work of the division far into the future.
Please join us as we unveil a piece of history left by Enrico Fermi and take a brief glimpse at the scientific milestones achieved at the University of Chicago.

If you are interested in, please RSVP by Friday, May 27 to Justin Blackstone at blackstone-AT-uchicago.edu
Persons with disabilities may request assistance in advance by contacting Justin Blackstone at 773.702.6135 or blackstone-AT-uchicago.edu