Proceedings of the Japan Academy, Series B
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Print ISSN : 0386-2208
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Radiography with cosmic-ray and compact accelerator muons; Exploring inner-structure of large-scale objects and landforms
Kanetada NAGAMINE
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2016 Volume 92 Issue 8 Pages 265-289

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Cosmic-ray muons (CRM) arriving from the sky on the surface of the earth are now known to be used as radiography purposes to explore the inner-structure of large-scale objects and landforms, ranging in thickness from meter to kilometers scale, such as volcanic mountains, blast furnaces, nuclear reactors etc. At the same time, by using muons produced by compact accelerators (CAM), advanced radiography can be realized for objects with a thickness in the sub-millimeter to meter range, with additional exploration capability such as element identification and bio-chemical analysis. In the present report, principles, methods and specific research examples of CRM transmission radiography are summarized after which, principles, methods and perspective views of the future CAM radiography are described.

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