Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: status and perspectives

Main autor:
Góra, Dariusz

Other autors: 
Cheminant, K.A.; Alvarez-Castillo, D.; Bratek, Ł.; Dhital, N.; Duffy, A.R.; Homola, P.; Jagoda, P.; Jałocha, J.; Kasztelan, M.; Kopański, K.; Kovacs, P.; Nazari, V.; Niedźwiecki, M.; Ostrogórski, D.; Smołek, K.; Stasielak, J.; Sushchov, O.; Woźniak, K.W.; Zamora-Saa, J.

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.

Publication: Universe, vol. 4, issue 11, p. 111
Pub Date: October 2018
DOI: 10.3390/universe4110111
Bibcode: 2018Univ….4..111G 
arXiv: //arxiv.org/abs/1810.10410
PDF: 1810.10410.pdf

Keywords:
Astrophysics – Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics; High Energy Physics – Experiment

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This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from the 7th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics (ICNFP 2018)