Welcome to TimPix 101 - the first introductory exercise for CERN@school's TimPix project. You're now ready to start exploring some real data collected from one of the Timepix particle detectors on the International Space Station (ISS). You can find out more about the science of the TimPix project in the research guide , but this page is dedicated to getting you started with the data. Good luck!
the research guide
teacher workshop slides
The TimPix 101 exercise
The aim of this introductory exercise is:
- Using the data set provided, find the peak in the radiation measured by the onboard Timepix data.
The data set itself is provided in the form of a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file that can be opened, viewed and analysed in standard spreadsheet software. It represents a single orbit of the ISS during Tim Peake’s Principia mission.
download the data set
Analysing the data
You can analyse the data using spreadsheet software or, if you prefer, some simple code. Some things to think about when looking at the data:
- Which variable represents the amount of radiation being measured?
- How would you find out when a peak in the radiation levels occurred?
- Do you know of any naturally occurring phenomena that might cause what you're seeing in the data?
Once you have found the location of the peak in the radiation. Send your results along with a description of how you found it to firstname.lastname@example.org or use our submission form:
- Once you have returned your signed agreement you will be issued with a username and password. Using these details log onto timepix.researchinschools.org> and choose a data set to download.
- Carry out background research beginning with the TimPix research guide . This can extend to reading previous work carried out by students and watching our online seminar. The TimPix 101 exercise will familiarise you with the data format. Ensure that as part of this process you have set a research aim.
- Carry out analysis using Excel, Tableau or ARCGIS (the latter two software packages are available for free to IRIS schools, see timepix.researchinschools.org for details) and share conclusions with IRIS through a written report or poster.