SensL SiPM Sensors Used to Create $100 Handheld Muon Detector

Physicists from MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science have designed a pocket-sized cosmic ray muon detector using SensL SiPM sensors. The detector can be made entirely with common electrical parts, and when turned on, it lights up and counts each time a muon passes through. The relatively simple device costs just $100 to build, making it the most affordable muon detector available today.

The researchers, led by Spencer Axani, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Physics, have designed the detector with students in mind. They have started an outreach program called CosmicWatch, with a website that lists parts to purchase and detailed instructions on how to assemble, calibrate, and run the detector.

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2017-11-28T10:46:19+00:00 November 28th, 2017|News|