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How a muon is created....
A muon is an elementary particle that has a mean lifetime of 2.2 microseconds. When cosmic rays enter our atmosphere they collide into particles like carbon and one of the products is a muon. Muons are a source of ionizing radiation. It is believed that the majority of muons are caused by cosmic rays.
A payload is being planned to be launched into the atmosphere. In which detection equipment will detect muons. To achieve this two geiger counters and a scintillator will be programed in coincidence so only data on muons will be collected. Einstein's special theory of relativity was demonstrated by running a photomultiplier tube was run for one hour to collect data on muons and muon decay. The experiment was run in Estes Park and then in Greeley. It was found that there were more muons at the higher altitude in Estes Park. When detecting muons on the payload relativistic shifts need to be accounted for, so that data is not skewed.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:This research would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Matthew Semack, John Ringler, Josh Fender, Justin Morse, and the University of Northern Colorado Department of Physics and Astronomy. We would also like to thank Union Pacific for sponsoring our research and the Webb family and Ball Aerospace for being our educational Sponsor. Also we would like to acknowledge MAST, Shane Murphy, and Lori Ball for their help.