Home-brewed particle detector...

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cmartinez

Joined Jan 17, 2007
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This is nothing less than stunning:

... a team at MIT have just made a pocket-sized one (muon detector) that costs just $100. This is no small feat. Muons are incredibly unstable, and despite the fact that they’re everywhere around us right now, they exist only for a fraction of a second.
http://www.iflscience.com/physics/graduate-student-designs-100-pocketsized-muon-detector/

Of course, said detector only acknowledges a particle's arrival, and doesn't infer its vector velocity or otherwise. But it's extremely interesting.

I've been wanting to acquire or build a geiger counter for a long time, and I've seen that amazon does indeed offer them at a reasonable price, but how hard would it be to actually construct one from scratch?
 
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