Imaging the inside of thick structures using cosmic rays

  title={Imaging the inside of thick structures using cosmic rays},
  author={Elena Guardincerri and J. Matthew Durham and Christopher L. Morris and Jeffrey D. Bacon and Tess Marie Daughton and S. Fellows and Olivia Ruth Johnson and D. J. Morley and K. Plaud-Ramos and Daniel Poulson and Z. Wang},
  journal={AIP Advances},
The authors present here a new method to image reinforcement elements inside thick structures and the results of a demonstration measurement performed on a mock-up wall built at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The method, referred to as “multiple scattering muon radiography”, relies on the use of cosmic-ray muons as probes. The work described in this article was performed to prove the viability of the technique as a means to image the interior of the dome of Florence Cathedral Santa Maria del… 

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