Cosmic Ray Astronomy
at the 
University of Tasmania

The Cosmic Ray research group in the University of Tasmania Physics Department was founded immediately after World War 2 by Dr A G (Geoff) Fenton, under the guidance of Professor A L McAulay. The group, now led by Dr J E Humble, operates a network of surface and underground detectors as part of the world-wide effort to study cosmic-ray modulation over long time scales. Observatories and equipment are located at Hobart, three other sites in Tasmania, and Mawson, Antarctica. The detectors formerly located at Darwin and Brisbane have been closed. The predecessors of some of these instruments commenced operation in 1956 and 1957 in time for the International Geophysical Year (IGY), and long data runs are now available. Two of the present sites are operated jointly with Shinshu University and Nagoya University in Japan. The group is also very closely associated with the cosmic ray program of the Australian Antarctic Division and is involved with a joint latitude survey program operated by the Bartol Research Institute of the University of Delaware

By the mid-1990's it was becoming clear that it would not be practicable for the university to continue with long-term cosmic ray observations.  Most of the viable neutron monitor equipment was transferred to the Antarctic Division.  Direct univesity involvement ended when euipment was removed from the Poatina underground power station.

Other useful information can be found at The Cosmic and Heliospheric Pages and Services of NASA Goddard's Space Physics Data System.

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Most recent modification 03 April 2001