Sophie Wuyckens
PhD student. Funding: FNRS.
Member since July 2017
Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology - CP3
Université catholique de Louvain
2, Chemin du Cyclotron - Box L7.01.05
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
I am involved in the following research directions:

Imaging with cosmic-ray muons

The general goal of this project is to develop muon-based radiography or tomography (“muography”), an innovative multidisciplinary approach to study large-scale natural or man-made structures, establishing a strong synergy between particle physics and other disciplines, such as geology and archaeology.
Muography is an imaging technique that relies on the measurement of the absorption of muons produced by the interactions of cosmic rays with the atmosphere.
Applications span from geophysics (the study of the interior of mountains and the remote quasi-online monitoring of active volcanoes) to archaeology and mining.

We are part of the EU-funded H2020 network INTENSE where we coordinate the Muography work package, which brings together particle physicists, geophysicists, archaeologists, civil engineers and private companies for the development and exploitation of this imaging method.

We are using the local facilities at CP3 for the development of high-resolution portable detectors.
We also participate to the MURAVES collaboration, now merged into the MIVAS collaboration, through algorithmic and data-analysis aspects like the implementation of time-of-flight capabilities, the analysis of control data for the optimization of the reconstruction algorithms, and the understanding of physics and instrumental backgrounds by data-driven and simulation techniques.

External collaborators: UGent; INTENSE Research & Innovation Staff Exchange network (Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, Hungary); MIVAS Collaboration (France and Italy) including CNRS (France), INFN (Italy), INGV(Italy).

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A portable muon telescope based on small and gas-tight Resistive Plate Chambers
Wuyckens, Sophie and Giammanco, Andrea and Demin, Pavel and Cortina Gil, Eduardo
[Abstract] [PDF] Proceedings of the "Cosmic-Ray Muography" meeting of the Royal Society, 14-15 May 2018 at the Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell (UK). Submitted to Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.
Contribution to proceedings. 18th June.

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