Our first and foremost mission is to educate ourselves and others on the theory behind cosmic radiation and cosmic muons, however we have greatly expanded this into the field of Astrophysics. We convey our own knowledge to students and other partners through theme-specific workshops and conferences which we hold in other schools.
Our main field of research consists in the researching and observation of the fluctuation of cosmic radiation and cosmic muons, whilst using an AMD 5 and AMD13 detector (it consists of two Geiger-Müller counter tubes with coincidence). With this detector we are able to conduct experiments measuring these important cosmic particles. We dedicate our research to documenting the variation in the counts per minute of cosmic muons depending on certain parameters. To date, we have documented how the altitude, weather, temperature, season and rock density affect this cosmic muon flux.
Our own scientific papers about these variations can be found in the ‘downloads’ section of our lab.
Currently, we are working together with others to create, build and sell other detectors ourselves: COMRADE KMP-1. This project is of particular importance for us, as one of our goals consist of sending a weather balloon (Project SPIDER) into the stratosphere to measure the cosmic radiation flux in the lower stratosphere. Furthermore, several external parties have already declared their interest in our project.
Other productions consist of video conferences, and the participation in the national science competition ‘Jonk Fuerscher’. The Astrophysics Lab also publishes a wide variety of short informative articles concerning the topic of astrophysics. These can be found in the ‘posts’ section of our Lab.
The workshops we currently offer:
- How to undergo and document scientific research
- How to create, redact and publish scientific articles
- Introduction into cosmic radiation and particles
- Beginner and advanced particle physics
- Radiation sources and shielding
- Data analysis
- Mathematical principles including excel functionality
- Cosmic-ray air showers