Measuring the effect of cosmic rays on computer storage devices
Abstract. We propose an experiment that measures how cosmic rays affect non-volatile computer storage devices (e.g., flash drives, SSDs, memory cards, e.t.c.). The T9 beamline is employed as a means to simulate the "primary" component of cosmic rays. The beam is directed towards a single storage device, whose contents are subsequently tested to determine possible degradation.
A detailed writeup about the CERN Beamline4schools competition, the student participants, and the current work of the Dawson HEP group led by Physics faculty member Manuel Toharia coming soon.