Special relativity in the school laboratory: A simple apparatus for cosmic-ray muon detection
- Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
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 itself to both classroom demonstration to accompany the topic of special relativity and to extended investigations for more inquisitive students.
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