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ERIC Number: EJ843914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Cosmic Rays with Portable Geiger Counters: From Sea Level to Airplane Cruise Altitudes
Blanco, Francesco; La Rocca, Paola; Riggi, Francesco
European Journal of Physics, v30 n4 p685-695 Jul 2009
Cosmic ray count rates with a set of portable Geiger counters were measured at different altitudes on the way to a mountain top and aboard an aircraft, between sea level and cruise altitude. Basic measurements may constitute an educational activity even with high school teams. For the understanding of the results obtained, simulations of extensive air showers induced by high-energy primary protons in the atmosphere were also carried out, involving undergraduate and graduate teaching levels. (Contains 5 footnotes and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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