July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
Europe/Amsterdam timezone

Feasibility study of detection of high-Z material in nuclear waste storage facilities with atmosperic muons

Aug 1, 2015, 3:30 PM
Amazon Foyer (World Forum)

Amazon Foyer

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Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 136
Poster contribution CR-IN Poster 2 CR


Dr Nicola Mori (University of Florence and INFN Florence)


Muon radiography is a well-estabilished technique which is widely used in investigating the internal density structure of targets of different size and composition. Some examples of successful applications are the search for hidden chambers in archaeological sites and the monitoring of geological structures like volcanoes. The two main approaches to muon radiography are based on the effects of multiple Coulomb scattering and on absorption inside the target of atmospheric muons. The results of a Monte Carlo feasibility study of using muon radiography to investigate the presence of high-Z material (e.g. uranium) inside nuclear waste storage facilities using both the above mentioned techniques are presented. Albeit muon radiography has already been successfully applied to this kind of investigation in the past, this is the first time that it is benchmarked against the detection of cm-sized, high-Z samples inside building-sized storage facilities. For both multiple scattering and absorption approaches, preliminary results show that uranium samples of typical size greater than 5 cm can be detected inside a storage silo with a size of some meter filled with concrete, with a data taking period of several weeks. Smaller samples with size 2 cm are not detectable due to multiple scattering within the concrete matrix. The dependence of these results on the positon of the samples and on the duration of data acquisition have been investigated and are reported as well, together with an estimate of the detection probability for fake signals.
Collaboration -- not specified --
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 95

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Dr Nicola Mori (University of Florence and INFN Florence)


Dr Craig Shearer (National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)) Prof. David Ireland (University of Glasgow) David Mahon (University of Glasgow) Fabio Ambrosino (Universita e INFN, Napoli (IT)) Dr Giiulio Saracino (Universita e INFN, Napoli (IT)) Guangliang Yang Lel D'Alessandro (Universita e INFN (IT)) Lorenzo Bonechi (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)) Lorenzo Viliani (Universita e INFN (IT)) Dr Luigi Cimmino (University of Naples Federico II and INFN Naples) Dr Pasquale Noli (INFN Naples) Dr Ralf Kaiser (University of Glasgow)

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