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Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: Status and Perspectives

Version 1 : Received: 8 October 2018 / Approved: 8 October 2018 / Online: 8 October 2018 (15:45:43 CEST)

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Góra, D. Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: Status and Perspectives. Universe 2018, 4, 111. Góra, D. Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: Status and Perspectives. Universe 2018, 4, 111.

Journal reference: Universe 2018, 4, 111
DOI: 10.3390/universe4110111

Abstract

The Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory (CREDO) is a project dedicated to global studies of extremely extended cosmic-ray phenomena, the cosmic-ray ensembles (CRE), beyond the capabilities of existing detectors and observatories. Up to date cosmic-ray research has been focused on detecting single air showers, while the search for ensembles of cosmic-rays, which may overspread a significant fraction of the Earth, is a scientific terra incognita. Instead of developing and commissioning a completely new global detector infrastructure, CREDO proposes approaching the global cosmic-ray analysis objectives with all types of available detectors, from professional to pocket size, merged into a worldwide network. With such a network it is possible to search for evidences of correlated cosmic-ray ensembles. One of the observables that can be investigated in CREDO is a number of spatially isolated events collected in a small time window which could shed light on fundamental physics issues. The CREDO mission and strategy requires active engagement of a large number of participants, also non-experts, who will contribute to the project by using common electronic devices (e.g. smartphones). In this note the status and perspectives of the project is presented.

Subject Areas

Cosmic-rays; Citizien Science; Extensive air showers

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