Physics Without Frontiers

Worldwide physics outreach

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Namibia

PWF partnered with University of Namibia (UNAM), led by Mark Stringer (University of Sussex) working with technologist Eben Tjingaete and physicist Michael Backes, professor Bobby Achraya (ICTP, Kings College London), and Kate Shaw (ICTP, University of Sussex) to bring comic ray detectors for students projects and outreach. The Department of Physics at UNAM has faculty members involved in the H.E.S.S. experiment located in the Khomas Highland of Namibia, whose studies are also related to cosmic rays.

The HiSPARC cosmic ray detectors, created by Nikhef and many of which are installed around the Netherlands and the UK, are designed to be used by students to study extremely high energy cosmic rays. The detectors come in a pair and are mounted on a roof to detect muons that come from these cosmic rays.

They offer students the opportunity to participate in real research, with the purpose of finding out more about these mysterious and rare particles. Undergraduate students at UNAM, who worked with the team to build these detectors, will use them for analysis, and the department will also use them for outreach events with local schools to engage young people with cosmic-ray physics.

Dr Mark Stringer and Eben Tjingaete coordinated the group of master and PhD students at UNAM, spending 4 days of intensive work to assemble and commission the detectors before data-taking could commence.  

To make the project possible PWF partnered with Kings College London, the University of Sussex and the University of Namibia, with additional support from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Nikhef, and the NCRST.

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