The "Cosmic Ray Chandeliers" is a science-art installation located on M.I.T.'s campus on the 5th floor between buildings 16 and 26
. The Chandeliers illumiate upon detecting particles, called muons, created in cosmic ray showers.
The Chandeliers were built by Tess Smidt (Course 8, Class of 2012), Michael Stunes (Course 6, Class of 2011), Christy Swartz (Course 6, Class of 2013), and Nathaniel Thomas (Courses 8 and 18, Class of 2011). The project was sponsored by the MIT Council for the Arts and the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science. The Chandelier Team would like to extend additional thanks to the following people: Professor Janet Conrad, Professor Ulrich Becker, The Helena Foundation Junior Lab (and the amazing people who run it), Steve Smidt, and Ken, Jack, and Jerry from LNS.