Feb 18 – 22, 2019
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

Lynkeos MIS: A Muon Imaging System for Nuclear Waste Containers

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Vienna University of Technology

Vienna University of Technology

Gusshausstraße 27-29, 1040 Wien
Board: 33
Poster Miscellaneous Poster Session B


Prof. Ralf Kaiser (University of Glasgow & Lynkeos Technology Ltd.)


The Lynkeos Muon Imaging System (MIS) uses cosmic-ray muons for the 3D-imaging of the contents of shielded nuclear waste containers. The detector system consists of four scintillating fibre tracker modules using 64 channel MPAMTs as readout, two above and two below the object to track the muons. Complex imaging algorithms then reconstruct a 3D image of the object and its contents.

The Lynkeos MIS is the result of a 7 year joint research project between UK National Nuclear Laboratory and the University of Glasgow, funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority with £4.8 million from 2009 to 2016. Lynkeos Technology Ltd. was founded in 2016 and in 2017 was awarded a £1.6 million contract from Innovate UK for the First-of-a-kind deployment of the Lynkeos MIS on the Sellafield site. The Lynkeos MIS is operating on the Sellafield site since October 2018 as the worldwide first muon imaging system that is deployed on a nuclear site. It also is the first CE-marked large-scale particle tracking detector.

This talk will present the detector itself, the steps towards commercialisation of the technology, especially the CE-marking process, and present results from the imaging of two different waste containers - 500 l Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) drums and GeoMelt containers with vitrified waste.

Primary authors

Mr Allan Simpson (National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd.) Mr Anthony Clarkson (University of Glasgow & Lynkeos Technology Ltd.) Dr Craig Shearer (National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd.) Dr David Mahon (University of Glasgow & Lynkeos Technology Ltd.) Dr Guangliang Yang (University of Glasgow & Lynkeos Technology Ltd.) Mr Julian Roe (National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd.) Ms Kerry Burns Dr Matthew Ryan (National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd.) Prof. Ralf Kaiser (University of Glasgow & Lynkeos Technology Ltd.) Dr Ramsey al-Jebali (University of Glasgow & European Spallation Source) Mr Sean Clarke (National Nuclear Laboratory Ltd.) Dr Simon Gardner (University of Glagow & Lynkeos Technology Ltd.)

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