Home Island: Big Island
Institution when accepted: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Akamai Project: Housing Construction for ASHRA Detectors
Project Site: Institute for Astronomy, Hilo
Mentors: Yoichi Asaoka and John Hamilton
The ASHRA experiment (All-Sky Survey High Resolution Air-Shower Detectors) is a collaboration between the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and the University of Tokyo-Japan. The experiment implements 28 detectors on the 11,000 ft. level of Mauna Loa in Hawai‘i, to detect air showers created by collisions between particles in Earth’s atmosphere and high-energy particles. My involvement with the experiment has been to construct housings for the detectors. This included leveling the land, assembling the walls and roofs, installing the steel frames for the detectors, and putting in shutter doors and insulation. By the end of the internship I had completed 18 detector housings. The information gained from the future observations made by the ASHRA experiment will help in determining candidates for cosmic ray sources.