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Title: AstrO: A portable cosmic ray telescope

Abstract

This paper describes the design and performances of the AstrO (Astroparticle Outreach) cosmic muon telescope. The detector, contained in a trolley, is transportable and simple enough to be used by high-school students. The sophisticated data acquisition system is based on advanced DAQ technology and thanks to a simple interface is suitable for non-expert users. The detector is capable of measuring an integrated cosmic muon rate of 1–2 Hz with a precision (statistical and systematic) of a few percent in few hours of data taking. It can be used to detect variations induced by the solar activity, to determine the rate dependence on the geographical location (altitude and latitude) and to measure the cosmic muon rate attenuation due to surrounding high-density shielding such as rocks or concrete walls.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP)
OSTI Identifier:
1633815
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1635211
Report Number(s):
JLAB-PHY-20-3196; DOE/OR-23177-4990
Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002; S0168900220306719; 164275; PII: S0168900220306719
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-06OR23177
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment Journal Volume: 976 Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0168-9002
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Subject:
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Citation Formats

Grazzi, S., Assandri, L., Battaglieri, M., Cardile, C., Corosu, M., Fontanelli, F., Ottonello, G., Parodi, F., Perasso, L., and Pratolongo, F.. AstrO: A portable cosmic ray telescope. Netherlands: N. p., 2020. Web. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2020.164275.
Grazzi, S., Assandri, L., Battaglieri, M., Cardile, C., Corosu, M., Fontanelli, F., Ottonello, G., Parodi, F., Perasso, L., & Pratolongo, F.. AstrO: A portable cosmic ray telescope. Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2020.164275
Grazzi, S., Assandri, L., Battaglieri, M., Cardile, C., Corosu, M., Fontanelli, F., Ottonello, G., Parodi, F., Perasso, L., and Pratolongo, F.. Thu . "AstrO: A portable cosmic ray telescope". Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2020.164275.
@article{osti_1633815,
title = {AstrO: A portable cosmic ray telescope},
author = {Grazzi, S. and Assandri, L. and Battaglieri, M. and Cardile, C. and Corosu, M. and Fontanelli, F. and Ottonello, G. and Parodi, F. and Perasso, L. and Pratolongo, F.},
abstractNote = {This paper describes the design and performances of the AstrO (Astroparticle Outreach) cosmic muon telescope. The detector, contained in a trolley, is transportable and simple enough to be used by high-school students. The sophisticated data acquisition system is based on advanced DAQ technology and thanks to a simple interface is suitable for non-expert users. The detector is capable of measuring an integrated cosmic muon rate of 1–2 Hz with a precision (statistical and systematic) of a few percent in few hours of data taking. It can be used to detect variations induced by the solar activity, to determine the rate dependence on the geographical location (altitude and latitude) and to measure the cosmic muon rate attenuation due to surrounding high-density shielding such as rocks or concrete walls.},
doi = {10.1016/j.nima.2020.164275},
journal = {Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment},
number = C,
volume = 976,
place = {Netherlands},
year = {2020},
month = {10}
}

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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2020.164275

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Fig. 1. Fig. 1.: Scheme of the AstrO detector with tracks of down-going cosmic muons.

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