3" by 2.125" BC412 plastic detector by iRad

It is certainly possible to roll out your own detectors for cosmic ray studies. Building your own detectors can be fun! Kits of parts are available from iRad Inc at the address below.

If you want to skip this step and move on to taking the data, we recommend buing a detector rather than building one. We performed our studies using the detector shown below.

Figure Det.1. A 3" by 2.125" plastic detector by iRad Inc. is sufficient to get you started. Do not forget to order the High Voltage / signal splitter box!

The detector is available from stores.ebay.com/The-Rad-Lab. You can also e-mail your questions to Tom Hall at iradinc @ att.net. His offer includes complete detectors, DIY detector kits, and parts such as phototubes and scintillators. You will find his assortment very helpful for assembling your desktop cosmic ray laboratory.

General guidelines for optimizing the detector

We have not tested the following loose guidelines yet. These are just our thoughts.

We will update this space with more detector ideas in the future.

Updated Feb/26/2016.
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