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DIY SILICON PHOTODIODE PARTICLE DETECTOR DIRECTLY FROM CERN

DIY SILICON PHOTODIODE PARTICLE DETECTOR DIRECTLY FROM CERN

Silicon detectors are widely used in particle and nuclear physics for measuring ionizing radiation. This Do-It-Yourself project allows making a low-cost particle detector from scratch using silicon photodiodes. It can distinguish different particle types (alpha particles and electrons) and measures their energy between 33 keV and 8 MeV. The detector must be shielded from light and

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Physicists design 100 handheld muon detector

Physicists design $100 handheld muon detector

At any given moment, the Earth’s atmosphere is showered with high-energy cosmic rays that have been blasted from supernovae and other astrophysical phenomena far beyond the Solar System. When cosmic rays collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, they decay into muons — charged particles that are slightly heavier than an electron. Muons last only fractions of

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