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This cosmic ray detector works by detecting muons which are a by-product of cosmic rays hitting our atmosphere. It detects these muons using Geiger Muller tubes - the very same type of detector used in a Geiger counter to measure radiation. However, this detector uses 18 Geiger Muller tubes that are arranged in an XY array of 9 tubes oriented on an X-axis and 9 tubes on a Y-axis.
The aim of this project is to use a narrow beam of X-Rays to produce an image/data that reflects the atomic and molecular structure of atoms in a crystal. The method used is called X-Ray crystallography where a narrow beam of X-rays is fired at a crystal, although most will pass straight through some of the x-rays are diffract by the lattice of atoms arranged in a crystal which sum and subtract to create an interference patterns at an angle to the main beam.
This project was an experiment to see if a multilayered array of Geiger–Müller Tubes (GMT) could track ionizing particles as they pass through. The result is an interesting display demonstrating how cosmic rays travel down through the atmosphere at different angles.
Here is a list of projects completed, currently being built or planned, feel free to contact me about any of these projects as feedback is always welcomed.
These projects where conceived from an interest in Radio Astronomy and Particle physics. I’ve now come to see cosmic ray detection as kind of poor man’s version of particle physics experiments. As the journey of construction, experimentation and interpretation of the results has meant learning a little bit more about the fascinating world of particles and forces that make up the universe.
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