Non-Destructive Testing with Cosmic-Ray Muons

Experimental Particle Physics seminar

Non-Destructive Testing with Cosmic-Ray Muons

  • Event time: 3:00pm until 4:00pm
  • Event date: 1st March 2019
  • Speaker: Professor Ralf Kaiser (University of Glasgow & Lynkeos Technology)
  • Location: Room 4325A,

Event details

Cosmic-ray muons can penetrate meters of concrete or stone and they can be used to image difference in density and atomic number Z - which can be used to distinguish between materials. However, at about 100 muons/s/sqm measurements take hours to weeks. The best applications for non-destructive testing with cosmic-ray muons therefore are shielded structures (e.g. nuclear wast containers) or voids in large structures (e.g. bridges)  - in particular if the application is not time-sensitive.

Lynkeos Technology is a spin-off company from the University of Glasgow formed in 2016 after a 7-year £5million research project into Muon Tomography for nuclear wast containers. The Lynkeos Muon Imaging System (MIS), based on a scintillating fibre tracker with MAPMT readout, is the first CE-marked muon imagingsystem and the first one that is deployed on a nuclear site worldwide. 

This talk is going to introduce muon imaging, give an overview of different applications around the world and show details on the imaging of nuclear waste containers with the Lynkeos MIS.

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