Bug Zapper Alpha Particle Detector June 19 2013

Hey Backers & Fans

So last night, Matt set up an interesting experiment to detect alpha particles. He modified an old bug zapper to have a spark gap and then held an am-241 button (salvaged from a smoke detector) over it. In theory, when the occasional alpha particle passes through the spark gap, it would bridge the gap and a spark would appear.

After a bit of testing, low and behold! Whenever the am-241 button was held over the gap, we would hear sparks! When the button was removed, the gap remained silent. We uploaded a video to our channel, check it out below!