Cosmic-ray extremely distributed observatory: Status and perspectives

Author(s)

Gora, Dariusz; Cheminant, Kevin Almeida; Alvarez-Castillo, David; Bratek, Lukasz; Dhital, Niraj; Duffy, Alan R. ; Homola, Piotr ; Jagoda, Pawel ; Jałocha, Joanna; Kasztelan, Marcin; Kopanski, Konrad; Kovacs, Peter; Nazari, Vahab; Niedzwiecki, Michal; Ostrogorski, Dominik ; Smołek, Karel; Stasielak, Jaroslaw; Sushchov, Oleksander; Wozniak, Krzysztof W.; Zamora-Saa, Jilberto

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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 are presented.

Publication year

2018

Publication type

Conference paper

Source

Universe, Vol. 4, no. 11 : Special issue selected papers from the 7th International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics (ICNFP 2018), article no. 111

ISSN

2218-1997

Publisher

MDPI AG

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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