Presentation Title

Detecting Hydrogen in the Milky Way through Spin-flip Transitions

University

Shawnee State University

Major

Natural Science with a Concentration in Physics

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

Presentation Types

Oral Presentation

Keywords:

Radio Astronomy, Hydrogen Emissions, Milky Way Galaxy

Description

We plan to contribute to the mapping of our galaxy by measuring hydrogen emissions with a radio telescope. These hydrogen emissions are radio waves that are emitted from a hydrogen atom when the electron spin changes from up to down. This gives off a radio wave with a wavelength of 21 cm and a frequency of 1420 MHz that reveals to us the location of hydrogen throughout our galaxy. This no longer requires expensive equipment and can be achieved by amateur astronomers, mostly using common parts found in a hardware store, and the rest being readily available online.

Faculty Sponsor Name

Timothy Hamilton

Faculty Sponsor Title

Professor of Physics

Faculty Sponsor Academic Department

Natural Sciences

Location

KRI 157

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Detecting Hydrogen in the Milky Way through Spin-flip Transitions

KRI 157

We plan to contribute to the mapping of our galaxy by measuring hydrogen emissions with a radio telescope. These hydrogen emissions are radio waves that are emitted from a hydrogen atom when the electron spin changes from up to down. This gives off a radio wave with a wavelength of 21 cm and a frequency of 1420 MHz that reveals to us the location of hydrogen throughout our galaxy. This no longer requires expensive equipment and can be achieved by amateur astronomers, mostly using common parts found in a hardware store, and the rest being readily available online.