Funding from University Alumni has made it possible to set up some Cosmic Ray Detector units for use as part of the HiSPARC programme. This installation is part of an international detection project that has been set up to detect and collate the results of high energy cosmic ray particle showers. The life of the project is expected to be up to 15 years.
A cross-service working group consisting of colleagues from the Network, Data Centre and Operations, Service Desk, Science Support and Estates teams was established and has put considerable effort into the implementation of this. After going through several options with regards to the placement of this detector grid, the roof of Norwood House was chosen as the most suitable site. The Intel NUC Pro unit acting as the Control PC for this project is now in place, and the necessary network adjustments have been made.
The installation of the detectors on the roof is due to be completed during January (weather permitting), aiming for the system to go live by the end of the month. This is a significant piece of work that provides a fantastic public engagement tool and schools outreach opportunity for the Physics department.
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