Ishan Darshana

PhD student


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


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Research directions:
Detector commissioning, operation and data processing
Research and development of new detectors

Experiments and collaborations:

Active projects
Imaging with cosmic-ray muons
Marwa Al Moussawi, Samip Basnet, Eduardo Cortina Gil, Ishan Darshana, Pavel Demin, Andrea Giammanco, Maxime Lagrange

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 using the local facilities at CP3 for the development of high-resolution portable detectors based on Resistive Plate Chambers.

We also participate to the MURAVES collaboration through simulations (including the coordination of the Monte Carlo group), data-analysis developments (an example of the latter is the implementation and in-situ calibration of time-of-flight capabilities), and development of a new database.

We are part of the H2020-RIA project SilentBorder, which aims at developing new muon scanners at border controls. Our role in this project is to develop a parametric simulation and a ML-based detector optimization procedure.

We are also part of the H2020-MSCA-RISE 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.

External collaborators: UGent; Kyushu University; INTENSE Research & Innovation Staff Exchange network (Japan, Switzerland, Italy, France, Hungary); SilentBorder network (Estonia, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Italy, UK); MURAVES Collaboration including INFN, INGV, universities of Florence and Federico II Naples, UGent.
Publications in IRMP
All my publications on Inspire

Number of publications as IRMP member: 5


CP3-22-45: Portable Resistive Plate Chambers for Muography in confined environments
Gamage, R. M. I. D. and Basnet, Samip and Cortina Gil, Eduardo and Giammanco, Andrea and Demin, Pavel and Moussawi, Marwa and Samalan, Amrutha and Tytgat, Michael and Karnam, Raveendrababu and Youssef, Ayman

[Abstract] [PDF] [Full text]
Proceedings of the inter-Disciplinary Underground Science and Technology conference (i-DUST 2022).
E3S Web of Conferences 357, 01001 (2022)
Contribution to proceedings. September 21.
CP3-22-07: Towards a portable high-resolution muon detector based on Resistive Plate Chambers
Basnet, S. and Gil, E. Cortina and Demin, P. and Gamage, R. M. I. D. and Giammanco, A. and Karnam, R. and Moussawi, M. and Samalan, A. and Tytgat, M.

[Abstract] [PDF]
Proceeding for the International Workshop on Cosmic-Ray Muography (Muography2021), submitted to Journal for Advanced Instrumentation in Science (JAIS)
Contribution to proceedings. February 2.


CP3-21-56: A portable muon telescope for multidisciplinary applications
Gamage, R. M. I. D. and Basnet, S. and Gil, E. Cortina and Demin, P. and Giammanco, A. and Karnam, R. and Moussawi, M. and Tytgat, M.

[Abstract] [PDF] [Journal]
Proceedings of the iWoRID 2021 conference.
Contribution to proceedings. September 30.
CP3-21-55: A portable muon telescope for exploration geophysics in confined environments
M. Moussawi, S. Basnet, E. Cortina Gil, P. Demin, R. M. I. D. Gamage, A. Giammanco, R. Karnam, A. Samalan and M. Tytgat

[Full text]
Presented at the First International Meeting for Applied Geoscience & Energy (SEG2021), 26 September - 1 October 2021, Denver (USA).
DOI: 10.1190/segam2021-3581267.1
Contribution to proceedings. September 28.


CP3-20-23: Towards portable muography with small-area, gas-tight glass Resistive Plate Chambers
Basnet, S. and Cortina Gil, E. and Demin, P. and Gamage, R.M.I.D. and Giammanco, A. and Moussawi, M. and Tytgat, M. and Wuyckens, S.

[Abstract] [PDF] [Journal] [Dial]
Proceedings of the XV Workshop on Resistive Plate Chambers and Related Detectors
Refereed paper. Contribution to proceedings. May 21.