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Publication - Dr Karen Aplin

    Miniaturized atmospheric ionization detector


    Aplin, K, Briggs, A, Baird, A, Hastings, P, Harrison, RG & Marlton, G, 2018, ‘Miniaturized atmospheric ionization detector’.


    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.

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