Linux, Cosmic Rays and Art Installations

Presented by Paul Schulz
Wednesday 10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in Collaborative Lecture Theatre CB11.00.405
Target audience: Community


A distributed cosmic ray detector was built and installed as part of the Splash Adelaide 2017 Winter Festival. Situated on the banks of the Torrens River in Adelaide, the 16 individual sensors would flash and emit sounds as muons were detected from cosmic ray showers in the atmosphere. In this talk we will describe the project and the software written to run on the Raspberry Pi Zero computer in each detector. The Raspberry Pi Zero runs Raspbian Linux and uses the WiringPi library to interface with signals received from the detector hardware. Ansible is used deploy updates to the wirelessly networked array. Code to run your own sensor is available on GitHub:

Presented by

Paul Schulz

Paul is from Adelaide where he originally studied Physics and Mathematics at Adelaide University. His studies included theoretical particle physics. Leaving the world of academia in 1998, Paul has since worked in mostly Linux System Administration roles, typically for small software development teams working in industries ranging from Defense, ICT, Automotive and Transport. He enjoys hacking on embedded Linux systems. Paul is an advocate for Free and Open Source Software, and likes contributing in ways that make the world a better place.