Marwa Al Moussawi

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

Active projects
Imaging with cosmic-ray muons
Marwa Al Moussawi, Samip Basnet, Eduardo Cortina Gil, Ishan Darshana, Antoine Deblaere, Pavel Demin, Andrea Giammanco, Raveendrababu Karnam

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 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.

We are also part of the H2020-RIA project SilentBorder, which aims at developing new muon scanners at border controls.

We are using the local facilities at CP3 for the development of high-resolution portable detectors.
We also participate to the MURAVES collaboration through simulations and data-analysis developments (an example of the latter is the implementation and in-situ calibration of time-of-flight capabilities).

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 CP3
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Number of publications as CP3 member: 2 Download BibTeX


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

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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.

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Proceedings of the XV Workshop on Resistive Plate Chambers and Related Detectors
Refereed paper. Contribution to proceedings. May 21.