A summary of recent results from the GRAPES-3 experiment
1 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400005, India
2 The GRAPES-3 Experiment, Cosmic Ray Laboratory, Raj Bhavan, Ooty 643001, India ( On behalf of the GRAPES-3 Collaboration )
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Published online: 26 June 2017
The GRAPES-3 experiment is a combination of a high density extensive air shower (EAS) array of nearly 400 plastic scintillator detectors, and a large 560 m2 area tracking muon telescope with an energy threshold Eμ >1 GeV. GRAPES-3 has been operating continuously in Ooty, India since 2000. By accurately correcting for the effects of atmospheric pressure and temperature, the muon telescope provides a high precision directional survey of the galactic cosmic ray (GCR) intensity. This telescope has been used to observe the acceleration of muons during thunderstorm events. The recent discovery of a transient weakening of the Earth's magnetic shield through the detection of a GCR burst was the highlight of the GRAPES-3 results. We have an ongoing major expansion activity to further enhance the capability of the GRAPES-3 muon telescope by doubling its area.
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