La planète Terre vue de l'espace.

Discover this new cosmic clock synchronization system!

A satellite in orbit sends signals to earth to guarantee the synchronization to the nearest nanosecond time-sensitive technologies. These electronic signals ensure the smooth running global positioning systems, clocks or communication networks. However, they are not infallibleas large distances and physical obstacles can slow their spread and distort time counting.

Planet Earth seen from space.

This is why some atomic clocks have been used for decades to tell the time with even more details. However, these devices expensive and bulky are not accessible to everyone. Furthermore, their technology is unreliable one hundred percent, because these machines can be easily disturbed.

This is why the geophysicist Hiroyuki Tanaka suggested the use of a time counting system much more reliable and less expensive.

The CTS a new time counting system using cosmic rays

Hiroyuki Tanaka decided to start research in order to discover a better way to keep track of time. This is how he developed a counting system called cosmic time synchronization or CTS. This technology uses the subatomic fireworks from the collision atmospheric high energy cosmic rays.

Diagram of a shower of muons arriving on Earth.

These collisions generate a wide variety of particles, including the muon, a close cousin of the electron. This subject particularly heavy falls at a speed close to the speed of light. Thanks to such speed, the muons go through almost everything what is in their path. They fall so fast that they easily cut through the hardest rocks. So when you stretch your arms skyward, at least one muon particle will pass through your hand every second.

Sensors and an electronic synchronization system give precise time

Hiroyuki Tanaka came up with the idea of characterize each muon shower thanks to several sensors buried under the ocean and distributed over an area of ​​several square kilometres. Since each muon shower falls in a specific way, it was possible for him to give them a signature unique.

The Japanese geophysicist then developed an electronic countdown system by comparing each muon shower in order to synchronize watches. In time, the CTS can become a new type of global positioning system which will be used to complete the current methods of synchronization of watches.


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