Muography Symphony Concert

Far beyond our planetary system, where even light requires thousands of years to reach, particles accelerate and travel on a wayward path for millions of years without interaction until finally encountering the Earth’s atmosphere and metamophosizing into elementary particles called muons. Muons have been continuously precipitating from our atmosphere to the surface of our planet since the Earth was created 4.6 billion years ago, and even now, millions of muons are passing through our bodies. The penetration power of muons is strong enough to travel through volcanoes and pyramids. Similar to how radiography is used in hospitals to find a problem in our body with x-rays, muography is applied to eruption predictions and revealing the mystery of the pyramid by using muons. “The Muography Symphony” composed by Federico Iacobucci expresses a story from the muon’s generation to penetration. The moment at which a muon encounters the dynamic and scorching magma of a volcano is brief, only for one out of a million seconds because muons travel at a nearly the speed of light. Muons are precipitating universally and thus they travel into inaccessible regions of pyramids in Egypt, revealing a not-yet-discovered chamber. This whole story is expressed in the symphony. The principle of muography rests on Einstein’s relativistic theory and quantum physics, 2 ideas that revolutionized physics between the end of the 19th and the beginning of 20th century. Muography: the science and technology of the 21st century is built upon the relativistic theory and quantum physics in the last century. As a tribute to this link to the past, the Muography Symphony explores new sound dynamics of the 21st century while also employing the acoustic instruments of a traditional orchestra. “The Muography particle dance” composed by Thomas Howard Lichtenstein expresses the kinematics of high energy hadronic interactions in the atmosphere that generates multiple mesons that eventually decay into muons. These complicated and noisy interactions happen quickly, finishing within 1/100 million seconds, and typically the process is completed at a height of intercontinental flights. Subsequently, almost all of the muons land quietly without further particle productions. New time variant events are now unfolded in the universe and Earth, and these unfolded events can be expressed on a music score because music is also dynamic.  TO THE SITE

High-Energy Art & Science

Since the first discussions on art and science took place in conjunction with MUOGRAPHERS 2017, the Muographers have experienced successful world-wide cross-disciplinary collaborations with Italian, Hungarian, Japanese and American visual artists and musicians. The Fine-Art Muographers are the group of artists who are inspired by muography, trying to utilize muography or art as an effective tool for new inspiration or outreach with the communities that we serve. These two goals are ultimately equal, and both directions exist. The time is ripe for the Art Muographers to share our experience with other high-energy physics groups such as CMS, ATLAS, ALICE, and LIGO/VIRGO. As part of the Europe-based ORIGIN Network, Muographers have participated in 5 art/international science exhibitions in Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Albania, and Bosnia. Now in order to consider how to expand this initiative, together with our Japanese collaborative partners, we have invited related people from art@CMS, ATLAS, ALICE, and LIGO/VIRGO under an umbrella of the Fine-Art Muographers to discuss the possibilities of international events in conjunction with Muographers 2019 and 2020 during the Tokyo Olympic year . The discussion topics will include (A) how we can evaluate these events, the benefits to the communities we serve and to the scientists and artists involved, (B) what the definition of a successful collaboration between a scientists and an artist is, (C) what an appropriate role for social media and the internet is, and (D) how we can continue to seek creative solutions to engage with the pubic and with members of the art community who want to inspire and shape our message. These are some of the topics that we will address in this workshop to prepare for future art and science events. TO THE SITE

Opening of the Hungary-Japan Joint Laboratory

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, a custom designed, world-largest vertically rotatable directional spectrometer will be unveiled at the official opening of the Hungary-Japan, NEC-WignerRCP-CRIEPI-UTokyo joint Laboratory called NEWCUT for measurements of the completely open-sky muon energy spectrum. TO THE SITE

Muographers 2018 General Assembly

MUOGRAPHERS 2018 General Assembly is the core meeting of a four day interdisciplinary and intersectoral experience in particle physics, volcanoes & earthquakes, cultural heritage, social infrastructures, medical care, and art. TO THE SITE

EU-JP Networking