3 years ago

The CosmicWatch Desktop Muon Detector: a self-contained, pocket sized particle detector.

Spencer N. Axani, Janet M. Conrad, Katarzyna Frankiewicz

The CosmicWatch Desktop Muon Detector is a self-contained, hand-held cosmic ray muon detector that is valuable for astro/particle physics research applications and outreach. The material cost of each detector is under $100 and it takes a novice student approximately four hours to build their first detector. The detectors are powered via a USB connection and the data can either be recorded directly to a computer or to a microSD card. Arduino- and Python-based software is provided to operate the detector and an online application to plot the data in real-time. In this paper, we describe the various design features, evaluate the performance, and illustrate the detectors capabilities by providing several example measurements.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.03029

DOI: arXiv:1801.03029v1

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