Research in autonomous RPCs for high energy cosmic rays experiments
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The capability of covering very large areas at low cost, besides showing excellent performance in many aspects, motivated the application of RPCs to Nuclear and High Energy Physics and also to Cosmic Ray Physics research in experiments such as COVER-PLASTEX and ARGO/YBJ. The RPC capabilities could be used to measure new observables, or to improve resolution of actual ones, namely the sensitivity to the details of the depth development of extensive air showers from muon time distributions. Since these detectors so far have been used in indoor conditions, the challenge is to develop detectors that can operate under harsh conditions, low energy budget, low cost per unit area, with very sparse opportunities for maintenance, and with good resilience to environmental conditions. In this seminar we will report the progress made so far and perspective future developments.
Ariella CATTAI PH-ADO & Ferdinand HAHN PH-DT-TP