Special relativity in the school laboratory: A simple apparatus for cosmic-ray muon detection

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Singh, P.; Hedgeland, H.;
  • Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
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    arxiv: Physics::Instrumentation and Detectors | Physics::Physics Education

We use apparatus based on two Geiger-Müller tubes, a simple electronic circuit and a Raspberry Pi computer to illustrate relativistic time dilation affecting cosmic-ray muons travelling through the atmosphere to the Earth's surface. The experiment we describe lends itse... View more
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