publication . Preprint . Article . 2012

Nuclear waste imaging and spent fuel verification by muon tomography

M. Thompson; G. Jonkmans; C. Jewett; Vinicius N.P. Anghel;
Open Access English
  • Published: 05 Oct 2012
Abstract
This paper explores the use of cosmic ray muons to image the contents of shielded containers and detect high-Z special nuclear materials inside them. Cosmic ray muons are a naturally occurring form of radiation, are highly penetrating and exhibit large scattering angles on high Z materials. Specifically, we investigated how radiographic and tomographic techniques can be effective for non-invasive nuclear waste characterization and for nuclear material accountancy of spent fuel inside dry storage containers. We show that the tracking of individual muons, as they enter and exit a structure, can potentially improve the accuracy and availability of data on nuclear w...
Subjects
free text keywords: Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors, Physics - Physics and Society, Nuclear Energy and Engineering, Muon, Nuclear material, Radioactive waste, Environmental science, Scattering, Radiation, Shielded cable, law.invention, law, Spent nuclear fuel, Nuclear physics, Nuclear engineering, Muon tomography
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