Muon radiography for the safety and safeguarding of nuclear material

Saracino, Giulio (2023) Muon radiography for the safety and safeguarding of nuclear material. Il nuovo cimento C, 46 (2). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1826-9885

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Muon radiography is an imaging technology based on the detection of muons of cosmic origin. Muons are able to penetrate deeply into matter and are a free source available 24h. They can be used for security and safeguards in the management of nuclear material. An example is the inspection of heavily shielded containers, such as nuclear fuel storage casks, to verify their contents in case of loss of continuity of knowledge or to image their contents if it is unknown. Muons can also be applied for subsurface investigation, providing a competitive or alternative methodology to classical prospecting methods. They can be used to study the geologic conditions of a deposit area (before construction and over time), to map empty underground structures (tunnels, shafts) or to monitor any unauthorized excavations for illegal access. This article will give a brief review of the state of the art, with some key examples.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 530 Fisica
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2024 11:54
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2024 11:54

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