Muon tomography in geoscientific research – A guide to best practice

Lechmann, Alessandro; Mair, David; Ariga, Akitaka; Ariga, Tomoko; Ereditato, Antonio; Nishiyama, Ryuichi; Pistillo, Ciro; Scampoli, Paola; Schlunegger, Fritz; Vladymyrov, Mykhailo (2021). Muon tomography in geoscientific research – A guide to best practice. Earth-science reviews, 222, p. 103842. Elsevier 10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103842

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The use of muon tomography in geoscience projects has been continuously increasing over the past few years. This led to a variety of applications that often use custom-tailored solutions for data acquisition and processing. The respective know-how is splintered and mainly available in a semi-published state in various physics de- partments that developed these methods. This complicates the design of new studies and the decision whether muon tomography is a suitable tool and feasible for a speci c geoscienti c question. In this study we review the current state of how muon tomography has been applied in the eld of geosciences with the goal of equipping interested geoscientists with the basic knowledge on the physical basics that constitute muon tomography. After an explanation of how muons are produced, how they traverse matter and how they are recorded, a showcase is made of recent applications. These studies show the variety of how muon tomography can be applied in ex- periments, such that interested readers may implement this technology for their own research. Finally, we provide a guide to best practice to help interested geoscientists decide if and how muon tomography could be implemented in their own research. We believe that through a better mutual understanding, new interdisci- plinary collaborations can be initiated that advance the whole eld of muon tomography.

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Journal Article (Review Article)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Lechmann, Alessandro Diego, Mair, David, Ariga, Akitaka, Ereditato, Antonio, Pistillo, Ciro, Scampoli, Paola, Schlunegger, Fritz


500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology








Fritz Schlunegger

Date Deposited:

15 Nov 2021 13:42

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:54

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