Main: Can cosmic rays be detected through florescent bulbs?

Can you push an AC current through a florescent lightbulb tube and measure the current draw and voltage spikes to detect cosmic rays? Is there another easy and affordable way to detect them? Other than a cloud chamber?

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    $\begingroup$ "Other radiation detectors can be used like Geiger Counters, Spark Chambers, Resistive Plate Chambers and materials called Scintillators which give off light when an ionizing particle passes through them. The problem using a radiation detector for a cosmic ray observation is that there is larger amounts of terrestrial radiation as much 73% of background radiation is due to the natural decay of matter. Although in small quantities it is sufficient to make it difficult to discriminate between a terrestrial or cosmic source." from hardhack.org.au/book/export/html/2 $\endgroup$ – user146020 Mar 8 '17 at 22:00
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, hardhack has a page about detecting atmospheric muons using fluorescent tubes (and other methods): hardhack.org.au/detector-outline $\endgroup$ – user137289 Mar 8 '17 at 22:04

One would not use AC for that. It is easier with high-voltage DC, I would not know how to do the coincidence electronics otherwise. Pasco sells a setup with Geiger-Müller tubes: https://www.pasco.com/prodCatalog/SF/SF-7278_complete-muon-observatory/index.cfm

Here is an overview of DIY projects: https://quarknet.fnal.gov/toolkits/ati/crdetectors.html

Fluorescent tubes can offer a larger detection area for a low price. Here someone who built a number of versions: https://www.astroparticelle.it/muon-detector2_eng.asp (the version in Italian may be clearer.)


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