SETI Pixel Project Page

This is the site page for development of the SETI Net Cosmic Ray Pixel

I worked long and hard on the ERGO version 2 Cosmic Ray detector but it sort of petered out. Along the way I did learn allot about building a Arduino based system, GPS chips and how to program them, and by the way - Cosmic Rays.

The major stumbling block on the ERGO pixel was the use of the Geiger-Muller tubes for the ray detector. There seem no way out of it. Other detectors made use of Photo Multiplier Tubes but these were expensive and required a high voltage supply so were not logical to use in a DIY desktop project.

Now a new breed of detectors is coming on line now. These are Silicon Photo Multipliers (SiPM's) that while expensive (about $100 each) have the advantage that they are solid state, run on a reasonable power supply voltage and are low current. I have decided to go with SiPM's.

I am going to base my design around the work done by CERT with there CosmicPi program and MIT with there CosmicWatch. I plan to make good use of these two projects good, open source ideas and build my own SETI Cosmic Detector.

The plan:

  1. Build two of the CosmicWatch machines -This will give me a baseline of working units.
  2. Build a prototype - Use KiCAD to design a single unit that contains two SiPM's and two simulator blocks.
  3. Create Software - Write software that will populate the SETI Net database and web site.

Status:

  1. I have ordered a pair of SiPM's from sensL using a special offer for the CosmicWatch project. They still cost $130 for the pair. They are scheduled to be delivered on 2018-01-22 via DHL.
  2. Purchased two blocks of Bicron BC-408 Plastic Scintillator blocks. Scheduled to be delivered on 2018-01-23.

A complete and updated purchasing list is availble here;

My own Product Table from DigiKey is here: A few of the smaller parts from DigiKey are on back order so this may slow things up a bit.

 

 

You can follow my progress/problems/success and abject failures on my Engineering page.