July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Detecting particles with cell phones: the Distributed Electronic Cosmic-ray Observatory

Aug 1, 2015, 3:30 PM
Amazon Foyer (World Forum)

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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 174
Poster contribution CR-IN Poster 2 CR


Prof. Justin Vandenbroucke (University of Wisconsin)


In 2014 the number of active cell phones worldwide for the first time surpassed the number of humans. Cell phone camera quality and onboard processing power (both CPU and GPU) continue to improve rapidly. In addition to their primary purpose of detecting photons, camera image sensors on cell phones and other ubiquitous devices such as tablets, laptops and digital cameras can detect ionizing radiation produced by cosmic rays and radioactive decays. While cosmic rays have long been understood and characterized as a nuisance in astronomical cameras, they can also be identified as a signal in idle camera image sensors. We present the Distributed Electronic Cosmic-ray Observatory (DECO), a platform for outreach and education as well as for citizen science. Consisting of an app and associated database and web site, DECO harnesses the power of distributed camera image sensors for cosmic-ray detection.
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 1113
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Prof. Justin Vandenbroucke (University of Wisconsin)


Mr Ariel Simons (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) Mr David Schultz (University of Wisconsin) Mr Jeffrey Peacock (Wonkware) Mr Matthew Meehan (University of Wisconsin) Mr Matthew Plewa (Iowa State University) Dr Peter Karn (University of Wisconsin) Dr Silvia Bravo (University of Wisconsin)

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