Development of a Compact Muon Detector

Have you ever wondered what is underground below your feet? In this project, the intern will work at CRM Geotomography Technologies on developing a compact detector that will make it possible to construct 3D images of underground structures. The concept is similar to an X-ray, except that naturally occurring particles called atmospheric muons are used instead of electromagnetic waves. This technique is useful whenever it is necessary to scan volumes of underground earth. For example, in the mining industry this technique can be used to monitor the size of underground structures or to scan for mineral deposits. CRM will benefit from developing a compact, affordable, and durable detector that can be used more effectively in a diverse set of commercial applications than its existing systems.

Jacobus van Nieuwkoop
Faculty Supervisor: 
Bernd Stelzer
British Columbia
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