Energetic Particles in the Heliosphere: from the Sun to Planetary Atmospheres
LUCID - results from our cosmic ray detector on TechDemoSat-1
Becky Parker plus students from Simon Langton School
Dr Jonathan Eastwood, Imperial College
Langton Star Centre, Simon Langton School
LUCID - Langton Ultimate Cosmic ray Intensity Detector is a new style cosmic ray detector which applies detector technology from the Large Hadron Collider to the Space Environment. Surrey Satellite Technology Limited developed the student design in collaboration with successive years of students from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury and scientists from CERN. LUCID launched on TechDemoSat-1 from Kazakhstan on 8th July 2014. After a few months of modifying the configuration of the five Timepix chips which make up LUCID we are now able to view and analyse particle tracks linked to the position of LUCID in Low Earth Orbit, 635km. School students are analysing the particle tracks for energy, type and directionality and the data is accessible for other schools to analyse. The data is of value to the space weather community as suggested by Dr Jonathan Eastwood from Imperial College who supports the LUCID programme
'LUCID is not just an educational experiment. LUCID's research-quality data will be of direct interest and use to the wider science community, allowing students to engage in real research, studying the basic physics of how space weather works.'
The talk will be given by students working on the LUCID data and will update the community on the latest results. Students are now capturing data across a wide geographical area, building up a complete map of the radiation environment. They are also establishing systems for large scale analysis of the data, utilising GridPP.
16:30 - 18:00