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Feb 15 – 19, 2016
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

Stability monitoring of historical buildings with a cosmic ray tracking system

Feb 16, 2016, 5:45 PM
Vienna University of Technology

Vienna University of Technology

Gusshausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien
Talk Astroparticle Detectors Miscellaneous 2


Davide Pagano (Universita di Brescia (IT))


Cosmic ray radiation, thanks to its high penetration capability and relative abundance, has been successfully used both in scientific studies and civil applications. We investigated, for the first time, the possibility of using cosmic ray radiation for the static monitoring of historical buildings, where severe conservation constraints apply and the time evolution of the deformation phenomena under study could be of the order of months or years. In this talk, we present the results of a feasibility study performed by means of Monte Carlo (MC) simulations, using the  wooden vaulted roof of the “Palazzo della Loggia” in the town of Brescia (Italy) as a relevant case study. The results, based on a scintillating fiber detector, showed that horizontal displacements of the order of 1 mm could be detected with a week of measurement. Finally, as a proof of principle, we also developed a small-size detector prototype consisting of layers of scintillating fibers coupled to silicon photomultipliers. The first experimental results and their comparison to MC simulations are also presented.

Primary authors

Aldo Zenoni (University of Brescia) Mrs Antonietta Donzella (University of Brescia) Davide Pagano (Universita di Brescia (IT)) Francesco Fallavolita (University of Pavia) Germano Bonomi (Universita di Brescia (IT)) Paolo Vitulo (Università Pavia & INFN)

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