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Hardware Hacking is a term referring to either the modification, cannibalization or combination of new and/or old technologies to create something different, in order to solve a problem, make more affordable, convey an idea, art, experiment, tinker or just for the fun.

Cosmic Ray (Muon) 81 (9x9) Pixel Hodoscope

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.

Cosmic Pixel

All Projects

This is a list of projects I've had time to write up, completed, currently being built or being planned, feel free to contact me about any of these projects as feedback is always welcomed.

Cosmic Ray Detectors

Cosmic Rays

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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My entry into the 2015 Hackaday Prize - Please Vote

Smart Dew-Point Water Harvester

Harvesting clean water from air, using the cold storage of coolant when the sun shines, then using it at optimum dew-point conditions.

Capacitor Discharge Vortex Cannon

Vortex cannons are a device that fires doughnut-shaped air vortices. The vortices are able travelling several metres and can be visualised using smoke.  Vortex cannons have been around for a long time from large weather cannons to everyday science toy.

Vortex Cannon

X-Ray Crystallography

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.

Braggs Law

Cosmic Ray (Muon) 18 Tube Drift Hodoscope

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.

Cosmic Ray Drift Hodoscope
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