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Pyramids, Volcanoes, Railway Tunnels and Nuclear Waste - An Introduction to Muon Tomography

Air Shower. Credit: ASPERA/Novapix/L.Bret

Speaker: Professor Lee Thompson MInstP, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield

Muon tomography is a non-invasive, non-destructive imaging technique that exploits naturally-occurring cosmic radiation, specifically muons, to form images of otherwise difficult-to-access objects. The technique has famously been used to discover hidden chambers in the Egyptian pyramids and to image the Fukushima nuclear reactor after the 2011 earthquake in Japan. Applications of the technique are wide-ranging, the presentation will include applications such as void detection in the UK’s national rail infrastructure, the monitoring of stored CO2 in the CCS process and the use of muon radiography in safety and safeguarding in the nuclear waste disposal process.

This talk will take place at the University of Worcester - go to reception in the Edward Elgar building for directions. There is no requirement to pre-register for this talk.

Refreshments available.


The Covid restrictions at the venue remain unchanged: “Visitors are advised to not attend if they: have a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste; or are feeling unwell and have any other symptom which may potentially indicate that they could have Covid”.