MONeutron

General information

Category

Neutron

Key instrumentation
Next Generation Neutron Monitor

Prototype ground-level-neutron monitor aimed to contribute to the global monitoring network. It is a compact instrument measuring the flux of primary and secondary neutrons at the ground level, providing information, e.g., related to solar activity and cosmic rays reaching the atmosphere. While operating independently from other neutron monitors across the globe, it provides data that can be used by the Neutron Space Weather and airborne radiation modeling. Extreme space weather due to the sun and its impact on the aging human body, and biological and electronic systems. The new class of neutron compact monitor is registering a constant feed of neutron data in real-time produced by the extreme neutron space weather due to the Sun (potentially hazardous solar activity), collected view from Earth and space, in mixed radiation environments. The monitor measures neutron flux (and doses) in terrestrial, atmospheric, and space environments to provide advance warning of oncoming solar storms, thus giving more time to protect spacecraft in orbit, infrastructure on the ground, as well as current and future human explorers, unshielded by Earth’s magnetic field and vulnerable to the Sun's violent outbursts.

Technical description
Extreme space weather due to the sun and its impact on the aging human body, biological and electronic systems. The new class of neutron compact monitor is registering a constant feed of neutron data in real-time produced by the extreme neutron space weather due to the Sun (potentially hazardous solar activity), collected view from Earth and space, in mixed radiation environments. The monitor measures neutron flux (and doses) in terrestrial, atmospheric and space environments to provide advance warning of oncoming solar storms, thus giving more time to protect spacecraft in orbit, infrastructure on the ground, as well as current and future human explorers, unshielded by Earth's magnetic field and vulnerable to the Sun's violent outbursts. The neutron compact monitor at Unit UTOV is part of a network of the same class of monitors operating at different altitudes and latitudes, and in space. • 6 x 3He detector (2m long, 1” diameter, 4 atm, helium-3 tubes) • 2 x High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) moderator material, modular in design, to part establish 1 off 6-way 3He detector assembly • 1 x Two-input junction box/amplifier • 1 x Mirion signal aggregator and de-randomiser assembly • 1 x CAEN R7780 data acquisition module (Shift Register Multiplicity and Time Recorder) • 1 x Lead Shield frame
Research areas and applications

Aging of human body, biological and electronic systems

Science highlights

Experimental team

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