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IV. Life in the Beam

A Microphone's Life in the Beam

A MEMS microphone and speaker system will be used by astronauts to communicate in space. These microelectronic mechanical systems are susceptible to radiation damage, like most electronic systems in space.

Listen to the sound made when the NSRL ion beam passes through a microphone and speaker system placed in the beam.

Life in the beam

Cell phone camera image when struck by NSRL ions.