Tomography of large structures using cosmic-ray muons
The general goal of this project is to develop muon-based tomography (“muography”), an innovative multidisciplinary approach to study geological structures, establishing a strong synergy between geophysics and particle physics.
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 international networks (G-ENDEAVOR, European Muography Network) that bring together particle physicists and geophysicists for the development and exploitation of high-resolution portable detectors.
We are using the local facilities at CP3 (e.g., the gRPC cosmic test bench) for further hardware developments.
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: G-ENDEAVOR and European Muography Network (Japan, Italy, France, UK, Hungary); MIVAS Collaboration (France and Italy) including CNRS (France), INFN (Italy), INGV(Italy).