WALTA school-network cosmic ray detectors

R. Jeffrey Wilkes, Hans Gerd Berns, T. H. Burnett, Richard Gran

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The Washington area large-scale time coincidence array (WALTA) is placing particle detector arrays in secondary schools in the Seattle area to build up a large-scale ultrahigh-energy cosmic ray detector network, one of several such projects around the world. Scintillation counters salvaged from the CASA experiment in cooperation with the CROP group at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln are refurbished by teachers and students, tested, calibrated, and installed in fourfold arrays at high school sites. To identify time coincidences, a GPS time synchronization system is employed. Data are acquired using a custom low-cost data acquisition card. Here we will describe the logistics of WALTA and show samples of data taken with a prototype array at the University of Washington.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1385-1388
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number4 I
StatePublished - Aug 2004

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Funding Information:
Manuscript received November 14, 2003. This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, QuarkNet, and the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The authors are with the University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 USA (e-mail: gran@phys.washington.edu). Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TNS.2004.832906


  • Air showers
  • Cosmic rays
  • Secondary schools


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