DESY in Zeuthen offers interested students different experiments to explore cosmic particles. On the one hand there are hands-on experiments such as the CosMO or the Kamiokannen experiment, on the other hand real data of long-term experiments as well as a tool for their analysis can be found online on the web platform Cosmic@Web.

All these possibilities have the advantage that students are getting a deeper understanding of elementary and astroparticle physics as well as of different detector techniques and analysis methods similar to experiments in real science. Students can also develop their own ideas for further, more advanced studies and use the equipment for school research projects.
Once per year DESY organises the International Cosmic Day together with FermiLab where students of different countries perform cosmic particle measurements and discuss their results in a video conference.

Hands-On Experiments

Many set-ups of CosMO and Kamiokannen experiments have been produced by DESY and made available within the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt to about twenty astroparticle institutes in Germany. Students can carry out experiments under the guidance of scientists during an internship in one of the institutes. If teachers have completed an advanced training they can borrow experiments to perform project studies in schools.


Data Analysis

There are additional experiments continuously taking data at DESY. We also have detectors installed at the research vessel Polarstern and the Antarctic station Neumayer III. Both belong to the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven, as DESY is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German research centres.
Using the internet platform Cosmic@Web, developed by DESY, students all over the world can analyse data from these experiments individually or in groups, even without a direct contact to DESY. To support this we provide you with a detailed description of the experiments, of the data structure and a step-by-step tutorial explaining how to use the web-interface.