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Volume 358 - 36th International Cosmic Ray Conference (ICRC2019) - CRI - Cosmic Ray Indirect
Cosmic Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory: Status and Perspectives of a Global Cosmic Ray Detection Framework
D. Gora,* K. Almeida Cheminant, N. Dhital, P. Homola, A. R. Duffy, O. Sushchov, D. Beznosko, J. Zamora-Saa, D. E. Alvarez Castillo, N. Dhital$, P. Kovacs, M. Marek, A. Mozgova, V. Nazari, M. Niedzwiecki, W. Noga,, K. Smelcerz, K. Smolek, J. Stasielak, D. Ostrogorski, K. Rzecki, K.W. Wozniak
*corresponding author
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The Cosmic-Ray Extremely Distributed Observatory (CREDO) is a project dedicated to global studies of extremely extended cosmic-ray phenomena, the cosmic-ray ensembles (CRE), beyond the capabilities of existing detectors and observatories. Up to date cosmic-ray research has been focused on detecting single air showers, while the search for ensembles of cosmic-rays, which may spread over a significant fraction of the Earth, is a scientific terra incognita. The key idea of CREDO is to combine existing cosmic-ray detectors (large professional arrays, educational instruments, individual detectors, such as smartphones, etc.) into a worldwide network, thus enabling a global analysis. The second goal of CREDO involves a large number of participants (citizen science!), assuring the geographical spread of the detectors and managing manpower necessary to deal with vast amount of data to search for evidence for cosmic-ray ensembles. In this paper the status and perspectives of the project are presented.
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