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Designing the detection system for the CORUS project

KALOGIROU, ANGELIKI (2013) Designing the detection system for the CORUS project. Masters thesis, Durham University.

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CORUS (Cosmic Rays in UK Schools) will be a network of muon detectors based in schools across the UK. Networks similar to CORUS already exist in other countries, such as the Netherlands and USA. The main aim of the project is to teach high schools students about cosmic rays and experimental physics as well as to motivate them to pursue studies in science. A set of muon detectors will be used for this purpose and the objective of this study is to complete the design of the detectors, construct them and test their capabilities and limitations. The most important component of the muon detector is the electronic card used to collect, analyse and output data. A DAQ card used by
QuarkNet, a network of detectors in the USA, has been used in the design of the CORUS detectors. Some readily available photomultiplier tubes have also been used, along with an interface board which connects them to the DAQ board. In this study, I tested whether these two components
work well together by conducting a series of experiments, intended to be performed by the students, with the nal detector set-up. The end result is that although a number of improvements is needed before the detectors serve their purpose, this particular set-up does not impose any limitations to the experiments that it is intended to be used for.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Science
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Science > Physics, Department of
Thesis Date:2013
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:21 Nov 2013 11:10

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