Probing Earth's atmosphere with muons

Primary cosmic radiation can trigger a particle shower when it interacts with the constituents of Earth's atmosphere. The muons generated in a particle shower are a direct product of this reaction. As such, they deliver valuable information about the interaction process and even about the atmosphere itself.

With the muondetector, we have precise information about the timing and the location of particle showers. We can thus correlate shower events with atmospheric conditions such as the weather. In particular, the correlation to thunderstorms are a fascinating and promising field of study which we aim to explore.

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Primary cosmic rays interact with Earth's atmosphere which can cause the evolution of a cosmic particle shower. The muons generated in the cosmic shower can be detected by our detector units. You can find more information about the generation of cosmic showers on our Mediawiki.