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Cosmic Rays, climate change and homeland security

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19:00 – 20:00 12 Nov 2015
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Room A003
Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Speakers: Professor Lee Thompson

On Earth we are constantly bombarded by elementary particles produced when cosmic rays interact in the atmosphere. The cosmic rays are produced in a wealth of different sources, from our own Sun to violent astrophysical events such as supernovae. At their highest energies they far exceed any energies achieved in man-made accelerators such as the LHC at CERN.

The talk will describe cosmic rays, their sources and the innovative experiments devised to study them. The presentation will then go onto discuss how the cosmic rays detected on earth can be used as a tool to study disparate subjects such as monitoring carbon capture and storage and looking for nuclear contraband in cargo containers.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Sponsored by: Newcastle Astronomical Society
Organised by: IOP North East
Contact details: Richard Hornby
r.j.l.hornby@physics.org

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Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
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19:00 – 20:00 12 Nov 2015
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