Feb 21 – 25, 2022
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

First performance results of COMMAND: a COmpact and Multi-purpose Muon And Neutron Detector

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Vienna University of Technology

Vienna University of Technology

Gusshausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien
Recorded Presentation Astroparticle Detectors


Prof. Davide Pagano (Universita di Brescia (IT))


Applications of both cosmic-ray (CR) muons and neutrons have grown in numbers in the last decades. Measurements of flux attenuation (radiography) and scattering angles (tomography) of CR muons have been successfully applied to the inspection or monitoring of large natural and civil structures, to the search for heavy metals in container and trucks, to the control of nuclear wastes, and much more. Measurements with CR neutrons have instead been used for the determination of the snow-water equivalent, the soil moisture estimation and climate studies (sometimes together with CR muon measurements). In this talk we present COMMAND, a new compact detector for both muons and neutrons. It consists of 5 independent and removable modules: 3 for the detection of muons, based on scintillating fibers coupled to SiPMs, and 2 for the detection of neutrons, based on lithium enriched phosphor detectors, read by a matrix of SiPM. Several innovative solutions have been implemented in the making of COMMAND, from the use of additive manufacturing, to the design of the electronics, which is based on COTS devices and features realtime time-stamping and triggering, programmable bias for SiPMs, and low-noise/high-speed analogue front-end. An overview of the detector, its current state of development (completion due by the end of the year) and its possible applications are presented.

Primary author

Prof. Davide Pagano (Universita di Brescia (IT))


Dr Ileana Bodini (Università degli Studi di Brescia) Germano Bonomi (Universita di Brescia (IT)) Antonietta Donzella (Università di Brescia) Dr Diego Paderno (Università degli Studi di Brescia) Prof. Valerio Villa (Università degli Studi di Brescia) Aldo Zenoni (University of Brescia)

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