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Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: Status and Perspectives

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Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, Radzikowskiego 152, 31-342 Cracow, Poland
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Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
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Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Cracow University of Technology, Warszawska 24st, 31-155 Cracow, Poland
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Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
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National Centre for Nuclear Research, Andrzeja Soltana 7, 05-400 Otwock-Swierk, Poland
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Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary
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AGH University of Science and Technology, 30-059 Cracow, Poland
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Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Czech Technical University in Prague, Horská 3a/22, 128 00 Praha 2, Czech Republic
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Departamento de Ciencias Fisicas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Andres Bello, Avenida Republica 498, Santiago 8370146, Chile
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Universe 2018, 4(11), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/universe4110111
Received: 8 October 2018 / Revised: 22 October 2018 / Accepted: 23 October 2018 / Published: 24 October 2018
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Abstract

The Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory (CREDO) is a project dedicated to global studies of extremely extended cosmic-ray phenomena, the cosmic-ray ensembles (CRE), beyond the capabilities of existing detectors and observatories. Up to date, cosmic-ray research has been focused on detecting single air showers, while the search for ensembles of cosmic-rays, which may overspread a significant fraction of the Earth, is a scientific terra incognita. Instead of developing and commissioning a completely new global detector infrastructure, CREDO proposes approaching the global cosmic-ray analysis objectives with all types of available detectors, from professional to pocket size, merged into a worldwide network. With such a network it is possible to search for evidences of correlated cosmic-ray ensembles. One of the observables that can be investigated in CREDO is a number of spatially isolated events collected in a small time window which could shed light on fundamental physics issues. The CREDO mission and strategy requires active engagement of a large number of participants, also non-experts, who will contribute to the project by using common electronic devices (e.g., smartphones). In this note, the status and perspectives of the project are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: cosmic-rays; citizien science; extensive air showers cosmic-rays; citizien science; extensive air showers
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Góra, D.; Cheminant, K.A.; Alvarez-Castillo, D.; Bratek, Ł.; Dhital, N.; Duffy, A.R.; Homola, P.; Jagoda, P.; Jałocha, J.; Kasztelan, M.; Kopański, K.; Kovacs, P.; Nazari, V.; Niedźwiecki, M.; Ostrogórski, D.; Smołek, K.; Stasielak, J.; Sushchov, O.; Woźniak, K.W.; Zamora-Saa, J. Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: Status and Perspectives. Universe 2018, 4, 111.

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