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My Geiger counter exploded and I don't know why

For some background, for the past few months I have been trying to collect all the elements on the periodic table. I bought a Geiger counter for the more radioactive elements (specifically the GQ GMC-...
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How to get signal out of Geiger-Muller tube?

I am building a nuclear random number generator using an LND-712 Geiger-Muller tube (GMT). I have built a HV power supply circuit that converts the 3.3V output of my Adafruit Feather RP2040 micro-...
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5V to 400V boost converter problem

I am trying to make a boost converter that step up 5V to 400V. I am doing it for a geiger counter. I know that it's complicated, but it should be possible. Anyway, here is my schematic: My problem is ...
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Connecting Geiger Counters in Coincidence

So for this Geiger Counter kit from mightohm (https://mightyohm.com/blog/products/geiger-counter/), does any one have any suggestions for what circuits to build to connect two detectors in coincidence?...
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How does this specific boost converter work?

So I found this Geiger counter at https://mightyohm.com/blog/products/geiger-counter/. You can also find the detailed electronic schematics there. I tried to figure out how this apparatus works, but I'...
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What happens in a Geiger-Müller tube when there is no voltage?

What happens in a Geiger-Müller tube when it is not connected to a circuit? Ionizing radiation must still be creating ions inside it, but they cannot move to the anode because there is no potential ...
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Simple, compact 9V DC to 400V DC step up

I'm attempting to create my own Geiger-Muller counter based on an old, soviet STS-5 tube. I want it to be as compact as possible. I don't want to use ready-made modules, like this one, instead I ...
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Arduino Geiger Counter

I have found somewhere the following scheme for an arduino based geiger counter. (The arduino main purpose is to count the pulses from the tube) As far as I can understand it, the transistor would ...
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geiger tube dc power supply

I have one of these HV dc converters and I was wondering if I can use it to supply a small Russian SMB21 Geiger muller tube. What other parts would I need to add not to fry the GM tube? Keep in mind I ...
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What is the point of Geiger counter calibration?

I understand that the three ways Geiger counters can be calibrated are electronic calibration and energy calibration, which both use a pulse generator, and radiological calibration which uses a check ...
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9V to 400V DC-DC Converter

I need to build a Geiger counter power supply circuit that will provide a 400V DC output out of one of those 6LR61 9V batteries. I thought about using a 555 timer to produce a square wave, feed it ...
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DC boost supply no-load voltage

I am working on a Geiger counter circuit which utilizes a boost supply similar to the one shown below to polarize the Geiger tube. The tube datasheet specifies a maximum voltage of 475 V. However, I'...
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Testing an old Geiger tube?

I have an old Soviet personal radiation dosimeter that I broke as a kid by dropping it into water. I opened it up a while ago and the electronics in there were quite simple - mainly a ~10cm Geiger ...
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Can leaving a Geiger–Müller tube energized continuously cause it to wear out?

I recently acquired a Geiger counter to feed my raging paranoia curiosity. However, I am wondering if it could harm the Geiger–Müller tube to leave it energized continuously? I know a couple places (...
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