Jul 4 – 11, 2018
Asia/Seoul timezone

Belle2VR – An Interactive Virtual Reality Visualization of Particle Physics

Jul 6, 2018, 9:15 AM
209 (COEX, Seoul)


COEX, Seoul

Parallel Education and Outreach Education and Outreach


Leo Piilonen (Virginia Tech)


I describe a novel interactive virtual reality visualization of particle physics, designed as an educational tool for learning about and exploring the electron-positron collision events in the Belle II experiment at the SuperKEKB colliding-beam facility at KEK in Japan. The visualization is designed for untethered, locomotive virtual reality, allowing multiple simultaneous users to walk naturally through a virtual model of the Belle II detector and interact with and gather information about the particles that result from collisions. Belle2VR displays the detailed GEANT4-simulated history of each collision event superimposed on the complete detector geometry; the user can move freely through the scalable detector geometry and manipulate the history timeline with handheld controllers. Developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in physics, education, and virtual environments, the simulation will be integrated into the undergraduate physics curriculum at Virginia Tech. I describe the tool, including visualization features and design decisions, and outline our plans for future development.

Primary author

Leo Piilonen (Virginia Tech)

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