RAY is the Radiation Around You project, working with CERN and schools across the country to gather data on the presence and levels of background radiation across Britain. As of September 2015, the project leader of the research group is Sam Gooch, who is taking over as project leader from Robert Beesty and Johnny Allain-Labon.
Aims of the Project
The aim of RAY is to provide a unified model for the gathering and presentation of data about background radiation. To achieve this, we have several goals.
Acquisition of Data
The data collection process must be collected in a uniform way in order for it to be meaningful - if there are errors or bias in the data, but it is collected in a documented and uniform way, then it will be possible to adjust for biases or at least draw some sort of secondary conclusions. There is an experimental guide on Figshare on about how to take standard background measurements. here, written by Jon Beesley, Chris Cundy and Dr Whyntie. Preliminary investigations suggests these will be valid for data capture in the future.
Another consideration to make when acquiring data is what things we want to research. These could include:
- The effect of space weather on ground-level background radiation. Professor Pinsky kindly offered to inform us about an alert service for unusual space weather events to monitor this.
- Background radiation levels at specific sites, e.g. near or in nuclear power stations.
- Student-led projects such as the eclipse project that took place on March 20, 2015.
Sharing of Data
Data is no longer stored on the ArcGIS web platform due to complications in uploading data onto it. New methods for sharing data is under discussion. However, some protocols may not reflect this matter.
Other useful pages can be found in the following links
Information - Any extra information on the working of Pixelman, the Medipix chips, or any other areas relevant to RAY and CERN@school
Investigations - Investigations relevant to the CERN@school projects, both external research, and those carried out by member schools.
Software - Software used by and related to RAY
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