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Type: Journal article
Title: A cosmic ray muon detector for astronomy teaching
Author: Clay, R.
Kurban, Z.
Maghrabi, A.
Wild, N.
Citation: Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 2000; 17(2):171-175
Publisher: C S I R O Publishing
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 1323-3580
1448-6083
Abstract: Practical astronomy is usually taught using optical telescopes or, more rarely, radio telescopes. For a similar cost, complementary studies may be made of astrophysical particles through the use of a modestly sized muon detector. Such a detector records the arrival of cosmic ray particles which have traversed the heliosphere and the rate of muon detections reflects the flux of those particles. That flux is controlled by the day to day properties of the heliosphere which is in a state of constant change as the outflowing solar wind is affected by solar activity. As a consequence, a laboratory muon detector, whose count rate depends on the state of the heliosphere, can be an interesting and useful teaching tool which is complementary to optical or radio studies of the Sun.
Keywords: cosmic rays; teaching; Sun: solar-terrestrial relations
Description: Copyright © 2000 Astronomical Society of Australia
RMID: 0001001361
DOI: 10.1071/AS00171
Published version: http://www.atnf.csiro.au/pasa/17_2/clay/
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