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Special relativity in the school laboratory: A simple apparatus for cosmic-ray muon detection

Singh, P; Hedgeland, H; (2015) Special relativity in the school laboratory: A simple apparatus for cosmic-ray muon detection. Physics Education , 50 (3) pp. 317-323. 10.1088/0031-9120/50/3/317. Green open access

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Abstract

We use apparatus based on two Geiger-Müller tubes, a simple electronic circuit and a Raspberry Pi computer to illustrate relativistic time dilation affecting cosmic-ray muons travelling through the atmosphere to the Earth's surface. The experiment we describe lends itself to both classroom demonstration to accompany the topic of special relativity and to extended investigations for more inquisitive students.

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Title: Special relativity in the school laboratory: A simple apparatus for cosmic-ray muon detection
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9120/50/3/317
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0031-9120/50/3/317
Additional information: © 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1462823
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