Muon Girls at BT Young Scientist stir inspiration

 

Cloud chamber

 

Two students from Magh Éne College in Bundoran, Co Donegal, decided that particle physics was the way forward for their project, and they used a ‘cloud chamber’ to track an elementary particle called a muon.

 

“Cloud chambers are used to detect certain types of particles as they pass through the atmosphere, using ethanol alcohol and dry ice,” explains transition-year student Catherine Cleary.

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