Similar projects


This part is supposed to give an idea of similar activities carried on in the world. To establish priorities, that is, to discover who was the first to come out with the idea of using cosmic ray detection facilities for educational purposes, is a rather difficult problem, and it falls beyond the scope of this review. All information available to us by the spring 2008 is tabulated according to countries. (Names of projects and basic institutions are references to the corresponding sites.)

CountryProjectBasilc institutionBrief description
Australia Adelaide muon monitor The School of Chemistry & Physics University of Adelaide A 1-m2 scintillation detector is assembled in the university. Since July 2003 the detector rate, atmospheric pressure, and temperature in the detector hall are recorded every 15 minutes. These data in the .txt format are available in the Internet.
United Kingdom ALTA University of London, King's College A new participant in ALTA, planning to start up two detector stations of the design adopted at ALTA
Belgium OCRE Universite Libre de Bruxelles Participant in the Eurocosmics Collaboration
Greece HELYCON Hellenic Open University Four working stations are constructed and started up. The main element of the station consists of four 1 m2 scintillation counters based on the scintillator and light-collecting fibres made at IHEP (Protvino) and GPS receiver. Participant in the Eurocosmics Collaboration
Germany Sky-View University Wuppertal Participant in the Eurocosmics Collaboration
Denmark DUKS University of Aarhus Participant in the Eurocosmics Collaboration
Italy EEE Центр Fermi и INFN The main objective of the project is to understand when, where, and how primary cosmic rays (protons or nuclei) arose. The project also has a modular structure, elements of which are planned to be located in schools and universities around all over the country. The main element of an individual station is a detector based on a multigap resistive plane chamber (MRPC) and a GPC receiver
Canada ALTA University of Alberta Center for Subatomic Research Initiated the ALTA Project in 1991. Now 13 schools in Alberta have detector stations like ALTA. A similar station is located in the University of Victoria and another in TRIUMF, Vancouver
Netherlands HiSPARC   A rapidly developing project, currently involving more than 30 schools grouped around six universities. Participant in the Eurocosmics Collaboration. Detector stations 40 x 100 x 2 cm3 are accommodated in a commercial box for carrying skis on the car roof. Each station located on the school roof consists of two detectors like this and a GPS receiver.
Poland MAZE University of Lodz A detector station based on a plastic scintillator and optical fibres. Participant in the Eurocosmics Collaboration
Portugal TRC LIP и программа Ciencia Viva The main detecting element is a plastic scintillator 100x50x10 cm3 in size with a standard trapezium-shaped light guide and a photomultiplier tube. Three detectors and a GPS receiver are located on the roof of a building and make up a working station. Ten schools and the Technical University of Lisbon currently take part in the project
USA NALTA   The largest project comprising over 14 smaller projects, which in turn involve several hundred schools and universities almost all over the United States.
Finland SPPF University of Oulu Unfortunately, no detailed information on the School Physics Project in Finland is available to us. All that we know comes from the report by Juha Peltoniemi, the University of Oulu, which we found on this page
France RELYC APC Lab Univ.Paris-7 Project under construction. The main detecting element is the 40 x 50 cm2 plastic scintillator with a photomultiplier tube. Four detectors and a GPS receiver make up a working station
Czech Republic ALTA Czech Technical Univ. in Prague Participant in ALTA. Three detector stations of the design adopted in ALTA
Sweden SEASA KTH The Royal Institute of Technology Participant in the Eurocosmics Collaboration