Project Title

Simulation of a Cosmic Ray Muon Detector

Academic department under which the project should be listed

CSM - Physics

Faculty Sponsor Name

David Joffe

This research does not include any human test subjects. All of the research was done using a computer simulation of physical processes.

Abstract (300 words maximum)

The Society of Physics Students at Kennesaw State University is working on designing portable cosmic ray muon detectors. The detectors consist of a series of small parallel-plate capacitors which operate at low voltage to detect ionization currents in ambient air, in order to be robust enough for a variety of outdoor muography applications. The detectors have been tested in the laboratory and are able to observe the direct ionization currents from 0.9 microcurie alpha and beta sources without any additional amplification. In addition to laboratory testing the detectors have been simulated in GEANT4, a C++ HEP toolkit developed by CERN, to ensure a better understanding of the signal and help increase the sensitivity. The detector simulation consists of detector construction identical to the physical model, various run parameters to test different applications, and data collection for comparisons. This talk will focus on both the running of the GEANT4 simulation itself and its results on the detectors.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Simulation of a Cosmic Ray Muon Detector

The Society of Physics Students at Kennesaw State University is working on designing portable cosmic ray muon detectors. The detectors consist of a series of small parallel-plate capacitors which operate at low voltage to detect ionization currents in ambient air, in order to be robust enough for a variety of outdoor muography applications. The detectors have been tested in the laboratory and are able to observe the direct ionization currents from 0.9 microcurie alpha and beta sources without any additional amplification. In addition to laboratory testing the detectors have been simulated in GEANT4, a C++ HEP toolkit developed by CERN, to ensure a better understanding of the signal and help increase the sensitivity. The detector simulation consists of detector construction identical to the physical model, various run parameters to test different applications, and data collection for comparisons. This talk will focus on both the running of the GEANT4 simulation itself and its results on the detectors.