The AMS Experiment

This is the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) instrument. It is a large cosmic ray experiment for the International Space Station. It sits on the outside of the station, looking out into space. High-energy particles pass through AMS, interacting with different detectors on the way. Each detector contributes a bit of information about the particle; by combining all of the information, we can identify the particles, and hopefully learn where they come from.

Click on the links, or the picture, to learn how the different subsystems work! You can learn about the six particle detection systems, and several of the important support systems.

(C)2002 by Benjamin Monreal Transition Radiation Detector Time Of Flight Star tracker Silicon tracker Silicon tracker Star tracker Superconducting magnet system Superconducting magnet system Anti-coincidence counter Silicon tracker Superconducting magnet Anti-coincidence counter Time-of-Flight Ring-Imaging Cerenkov counter Electromagnetic Calorimeter