We all know that the smartphones have a particle detector on it. But have you ever wondered what the particle detectors could uncover the working mechanism of the universe? The cosmic rays continually bombard the Earth. These cosmic rays are high energy particles present in space. The scientists believe that these high energy particles can help us to study about the universe. A high-tech and expensive system are used to monitor these high energy particles.
Piotr Homola says, “This project can only be successful with a large number of people. We need public engagement on an unprecedented scale.” Piotr Homola is an associate professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics under the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Homola is the spokesperson of CREDO. CREDO stands for Cosmic- Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory. CREDO is a worldwide detector of cosmic rays. The primary role of CREDO is to spot the light particles of highest energy in the universe.
Homola will use CREDO with a hope to give birth to a global observatory for cosmic rays. These observatories will be involved in combining smartphone observations as well as the top particle detectors. Homola has succeeded in building a smartphone application wherein the users can initiate cosmic rays identification with the assistance of Zooniverse platform. The users will even need to install the smartphone application for particle detection. This application is available on Google Playstore by the name CREDO detector.
There are two other particle detection applications which make the use of smartphone cameras for particle detection. These particle detection applications are known as DECO and CRAYFIS. The semi-conductors present in the smartphone cameras are sensitive to these high-energy particles. In turn, they locate information and convey the physicists about the hit target of these cosmic rays.