Posted by Luis Anchordoqui on March 5, 2013
Cosmic rays carry far more energy than scientists can produce on Earth with a particle accelerator, but how they acquire their extreme energy is a mystery. The goal of the JEM-EUSO project is to understand the origin of ultra-high energy cosmic rays and hence solve this long-standing mystery.
The UWM group will coordinate development of the ground-based computer software used to analyze data recorded by JEM-EUSO in order ultimately to pin down the sources and properties of the extremely high-energy cosmic rays. Development of analysis techniques will be a collaborative effort involving some 300 collaborators from 13 countries. JEM-EUSO collaborators will share a common software framework, hosted at UWM, in which individual teams can "plug in" their techniques to reduce the data recorded by various JEM-EUSO instruments into science results. This approach fosters friendly competition among analysis groups and reduces unnecessary duplication of software.