Educational cosmic-ray experiments with Geiger counters

Blanco, F. and Fichera, F. and La Rocca, P. and Librizzi, F. and Parasole, O. and Riggi, F. (2006) Educational cosmic-ray experiments with Geiger counters. Il nuovo cimento C, 29 (3). pp. 381-390. ISSN 1826-9885

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Experiments concerning the physics of cosmic rays offer to highschool teachers and students a relatively easy approach to the field of research in high-energy physics. The detection of cosmic rays does not necessarily require the use of sophisticated equipment, and various properties of the cosmic radiation can be observed and analysed even by the use of a single Geiger counter. Nevertheless, the variety of such kind of experiments and the results obtained are limited because of the inclusive nature of these measurements. A significant improvement may be obtained when two or more Geiger counters are operated in coincidence. In this paper we discuss the potential of performing educational cosmic-ray experiments with Geiger counters. In order to show also the educational value of coincidence techniques, preliminary results of cosmic-ray experiments carried out by the use of a simple coincidence circuit are briefly discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science in school ; Laboratory experiments and apparatus ; Radiation detectors ; Cosmic rays
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 530 Fisica
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2020 14:19
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2020 14:19

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