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[aprssig] Geiger counter mobile from Indiana to Tennessee

joe jesson jjesson at voyager.net
Thu Oct 11 00:35:11 UTC 2012


 If improving the radiation particle density detection is of interest, you can parallel diodes to increase the surface area but it also increases the capacitance.  Other experiments use the huge die in an old 2N3055... A beheaded power transistor and I have tested various sizes of a solar panel which is coated with a non-conductive black paint.  

All fun experiments and the one positive advantage is you can see a amplitude height change, which can be correlated to eV potential, as opposed to a simple amplitude limited pulse output of a GM tube... Click... Click...click..

  Joe Jesson


 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:46:00 
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Subject: RE: [aprssig] Geiger counter mobile from Indiana to Tennessee

> A Cheaper option is... a photodiode... and you have a
> very low-cost alpha, beta, and gamma RAD display.

But the "detector surface area is microscopic compared to the huge volume
of a geiger tube.  More like a thousand to 1?  Meaning for every ray you
detect,  you miss a thousand that do not even pass through the PN
junction?

Bob, WB4APR

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  A Cheaper option is to take a selected photodiode, or power transistor,
shield it from light, amplify, detect and display and you have a very
low-cost alpha, beta, and gamma RAD display.

Elektor has published an excellent series of articles on this and sells a
kit and I have a commercial cell/sat-based solution to sensing RAD on a
mobile asset.  APRS is a GREAT emergency backup to sensing radiation!

 I will post links if interested.  Also look at the 1,000's of RAD sensors
on the COSM network and see what the Japanese engineers have done as a
response to the nuclear disaster. What we learned from this crisis is not
to trust you government!

73,
Joe Jesson
KC2VGL





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