Miniaturized atmospheric ionization detector

Karen Aplin, Aaron Briggs, Adam Baird, Peter Hastings, R. Giles Harrison, Graeme Marlton

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Abstract

A small scintillator-based detector for atmospheric ionization measurements has been developed, partly in response to a need for better ionization data in the weather-forming regions of the atmosphere and partly with the intention of producing a commercially available device. The device can measure both the count rate and energy of atmospheric ionizing radiation. Here we report results of a test flight over the UK in December 2017 where the detector was flown with two Geiger counters on a meteorological radiosonde. The count rate profile with height was consistent both with the Geigers and with previous work. The energy of incoming ionizing radiation increased substantially with altitude.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2018
EventInternational Conference on Atmospheric Electricity - Nara, Japan
Duration: 17 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
Conference number: 16
http://icae2018.saej.jp/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Atmospheric Electricity
Abbreviated titleICAE2018
CountryJapan
CityNara
Period17/06/1822/06/18
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Keywords

  • physics.ins-det
  • physics.ao-ph

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    Aplin, K., Briggs, A., Baird, A., Hastings, P., Harrison, R. G., & Marlton, G. (2018). Miniaturized atmospheric ionization detector. Paper presented at International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity, Nara, Japan.