Particle Detection Page
Ron Fleshman KB2VIV
Cloud Chamber A continuous type cloud chamber is being used to study sub atomic particles. This type of chamber uses dry
ice to provide the temperature differential necessary to produce a supper saturated area in the chamber. Particles moving
through this area leave trails similar to those left by aircraft flying at high altitudes. Since a cloud chamber without a magnetic
field is like a yardstick without inch markings, I am planning a electromagnet for the chamber. Once this is complete particle
type, velocity and energy can be determined.
Geiger Counter The detection of sub-atomic particles and radiation can be a very interesting hobby or occupation. From
looking for radioactive items around the house to studying cosmic rays, all use some form of particle detection. A Geiger
Counter provides one of the easiest methods of detection and can be used for many different applications.
Cosmic Rays High energy particles impinge on the earth from all directions all the time. Detecting and recording these is a relatively easy
project. The data can than be used for various studies.