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A Cosmic Muon Observer Experiment for Students

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Overview of the CosMO setup in operation with three scintillator boxes (right), the DAQ card (center), and the readout netbook with the graphical user interface (left)

Overview of the CosMO setup in operation with three scintillator boxes (right), the DAQ card (center), and the
readout netbook with the graphical user interface (left)

CosMO – A Cosmic Muon Observer Experiment for Students
R. Franke, M. Holler, B. Kaminsky, T. Karg, H. Prokoph, A. Schönwald, C. Schwerdt, A. Stößl, M. Walter
What are cosmic particles and where do they come from? These are questions which are not only fascinating for scientists in astrophysics.
With the CosMO experiment (Cosmic Muon Observer) students can autonomously study these particles.
They can perform their own hands-on experiments to become familiar with modern scientific working methods and to obtain a direct insight into astroparticle physics.
In this contribution we present the experimental setup and possible measurements.
The detector consists of three scintillator boxes. Events are triggered and read out by a data acquisition board developed for the QuarkNet Project.
With a Python program running on a netbook under Linux, the trigger and data taking conditions can be defined. The program displays the particle rates in real-time and stores the data for offline analysis.
Possible student experiments are the measurement of cosmic particle rates dependent on the zenith angle, the distribution of geometrical size of particle showers, and the lifetime of muons.
Twenty CosMO detectors have been built at DESY.
They are used within the German outreach network Netzwerk Teilchenwelt at 15 astroparticle-research institutes and universities for project work with students.
Read more at http://arxiv.org/pdf/1309.3391v1.pdf

Written by physicsgg

September 16, 2013 at 9:43 am

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  1. Incredible! It would be quite fascinating the play around with such a setup.

    NIKOtheOrb

    September 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm

  2. Heya! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward
    to all your posts!Keep up the excrllent work!

    Joshua

    September 23, 2014 at 7:28 am


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