Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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High-Speed Imaging Team

The team leverages hardware development, material and structures, and data science for high-speed imaging using X-rays and other messenger particles. The team also developed the technique of using cosmic-ray muons to perform muon radiography and tomography.

  • Muon Radiography

    Muon Radiography

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  • Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography

    Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography

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  • Muon radiography measurements of a spent fuel cask at Idaho National Laboratory

    Muon radiography measurements of a spent fuel cask at Idaho National Laboratory

  • Muon Tomography in Tuscany

    Muon Tomography in Tuscany

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  • Threat reduction team using muon tomography

    Threat reduction team using muon tomography

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Experimental Research

High-Speed Imaging techniques have been explored using various detector technologies to image x-rays at light sources such as the APS at Argonne National Laboratory. Students of different ages are the core contributors to the team effort.

Muon radiography techniques have been developed to solve a myriad of problems including how to provide verification of the contents of spent fuel casks and and how to determine the interior structure of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, to aid in the long-term stabilization of the structure.

Major Projects
High-Speed Imaging Team
Publications
  • “Surveillance: radiographic imaging with cosmic ray muons” K. Borozdin et al., Nature 422 277 (2003).
  • "Detection of high-Z objects using multiple scattering of cosmic ray muons" W. Priedhorsky et al., Revue of Scientific Instruments, vol. 74, no. 10 , 2003.
  • "Image reconstruction and material Z discrimination via cosmic ray muon radiography"  L. J. Schultz et al., Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 519 (2004), 687-694.
  • “Tomographic Imaging with Cosmic Ray Muons” C. L. Morris et al., Science and Global Security 16:37-53 (2008).
  • “Cosmic Ray Radiography of the Damaged Cores of the Fukushima Reactors” K. Borozdin et al., Physical Review Letters 109 152501 (2012).
  • "Imaging a nuclear reactor using cosmic ray muons" J. O. Perry et al., Journal of Applied Physics, Vols. 113, 184909, 2013.
  • "Imaging Fukushima Daiichi reactors with muons" H. Miyadera et al., AIP Advances, Vols. 3, 052133, 2013.
  • "Analysis of muon radiography of the Toshiba nuclear critical assembly reactor" C. L. Morris et al,  Applied Physics Letters, Vols. 104, 024110, 2014.
  • "Tests of cosmic ray radiography for power industry applications" J. M. Durham et al., AIP Advances, vol. 5 067111, 2015.
  • “Detecting Special Nuclear Material Using Muon-Induced Neutron Emission ” E. Guardincerri et al., Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 789, 109-113 (2015).
  • “Cosmic Ray Muon Imaging of Spent Nuclear Fuel in Dry Storage Casks” J. M. Durham et al., Journal of Nuclear Materials Management 44 3 (2016).
  • “Imaging the inside of thick structures using cosmic rays” E. Guardincerri et al., AIP Advances 6 015213 (2016).
  • “Cosmic Ray Muon Computed Tomography of Spent Nuclear fuel in Dry Storage Casks” D. Poulson et al.,  Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 842 (2017) 48-53.