NUC E Seminar: Muon Detection Applications

Abstract

Muon detection can be used to image the density of materials through which the muons have travelled, including geological overburden. Overburden imaging is of interest for a variety of applications, such as monitoring CO2 sequestration reservoirs and tunnel detection. Both of these operations require the use of a detector that can be deployed below ground. This not only constrains the size of the system, but also necessitates a robust design. This talk will discuss the design and development of a detector that can be used for measurements which require the deployment of a system that can monitor subsurface muons.

Biography

Azaree Lintereur joined the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at Penn State as an assistant professor in August 2017 and is establishing a detector development laboratory. Prior to joining Penn State, Lintereur was at the University of Utah, where she led the development of a radiation detection research program. She did a postdoc at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where her research focused on 3He alternatives for neutron detection and pulse shape discrimination methods for neutron-gamma ray sensitive materials. Her research interests include radiation detector development, nondestructive assay techniques, international safeguards, and 3He alternative technologies.

 

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