The desktop muon detector: A simple, physics-motivated machine- and electronics-shop project for university students
Author(s)Axani, Spencer Nicholas; Conrad, Janet Marie; Kirby, Conor
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This paper describes the construction of a desktop muon detector, an undergraduate-level physics project that develops machine-shop and electronics-shop technical skills. The desktop muon detector is a self-contained apparatus that employs a plastic scintillator as the detection medium and a silicon photomultiplier for light collection. This detector can be battery powered and is used in conjunction with the provided software. The total cost per detector is approximately $100. We describe physics experiments we have performed, and then suggest several other interesting measurements that are possible, with one or more desktop muon detectors.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
American Journal of Physics
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Axani, S. N., J. M. Conrad, and C. Kirby. “The Desktop Muon Detector: A Simple, Physics-Motivated Machine- and Electronics-Shop Project for University Students.” American Journal of Physics 85, no. 12 (December 2017): 948–958.