Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
Research article
21 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 21 Dec 2018

The effect of rock composition on muon tomography measurements

Alessandro Lechmann, David Mair, Akitaka Ariga, Tomoko Ariga, Antonio Ereditato, Ryuichi Nishiyama, Ciro Pistillo, Paola Scampoli, Fritz Schlunegger, and Mykhailo Vladymyrov

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Cited articles

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Barnaföldi, G. G., Hamar, G., Melegh, H. G., Oláh, L., Surányi, G., and Varga, D.: Portable cosmic muon telescope for environmental applications, Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A, 689, 60–69,, 2012.
Short summary
Muon tomography is a technology, similar to X-ray tomography, to image the interior of an object, including geologically interesting ones. In this work, we examined the influence of rock composition on the physical measurements, and the possible error that is made by assuming a too-simplistic rock model. We performed numerical simulations for a more realistic rock model and found that beyond 300 m of rock, the composition starts to play a significant role and has to be accounted for.