A distributed cosmic ray detector was built and installed as part of the Splash Adelaide 2017 Winter Festival. Situated on the banks of the Torrens River in Adelaide, the 16 individual sensors would
flash and emit sounds as muons were detected from cosmic ray showers in the atmosphere.
In this talk we will describe the project and the software written to run on the Raspberry Pi Zero
computer in each detector.
The Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian Linux and uses the WiringPi library to interface with signals
received from the detector hardware. Ansible is used deploy updates to the wirelessly networked array.
Code to run your own sensor is available on GitHub: https://github.com/PaulSchulz/cosmic-array.git
Paul is from Adelaide where he originally studied Physics and Mathematics
at Adelaide University. His studies included theoretical particle physics.
Leaving the world of academia in 1998, Paul has since worked in mostly
Linux System Administration roles, typically for small software development teams
working in industries ranging from Defense, ICT, Automotive and Transport.
He enjoys hacking on embedded Linux systems.
Paul is an advocate for Free and Open Source Software, and likes contributing
in ways that make the world a better place.