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Title: 3D Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography from an Underground Tunnel

Abstract

Here, we present an underground cosmic ray muon tomographic experiment imaging 3D density of overburden, part of a joint study with differential gravity. Muon data were acquired at four locations within a tunnel beneath Los Alamos, New Mexico, and used in a 3D tomographic inversion to recover the spatial variation in the overlying rock–air interface, and compared with a priori knowledge of the topography. Densities obtained exhibit good agreement with preliminary results of the gravity modeling, which will be presented elsewhere, and are compatible with values reported in the literature. The modeled rock–air interface matches that obtained from LIDAR within 4 m, our resolution, over much of the model volume. This experiment demonstrates the power of cosmic ray muons to image shallow geological targets using underground detectors, whose development as borehole devices will be an important new direction of passive geophysical imaging.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [2]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [1]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4];  [4]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
  4. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1418761
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-29118
Journal ID: ISSN 0033-4553; 1420-9136 (Electronic); TRN: US1801296
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Pure and Applied Geophysics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 174; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0033-4553
Publisher:
Springer
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; Muon tunnel; Cosmic ray muons; 3-D inversion; Density tomography

Citation Formats

Guardincerri, Elena, Rowe, Charlotte Anne, Schultz-Fellenz, Emily S., Roy, Mousumi, George, Nicolas, Morris, Christopher, Bacon, Jeffrey Darnell, Durham, J. Matthew, Morley, Deborah Jean, Plaud-Ramos, Kenie Omar, Poulson, Daniel Cris, Bonneville, Alain, and Kouzes, Richard. 3D Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography from an Underground Tunnel. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1007/s00024-017-1526-x.
Guardincerri, Elena, Rowe, Charlotte Anne, Schultz-Fellenz, Emily S., Roy, Mousumi, George, Nicolas, Morris, Christopher, Bacon, Jeffrey Darnell, Durham, J. Matthew, Morley, Deborah Jean, Plaud-Ramos, Kenie Omar, Poulson, Daniel Cris, Bonneville, Alain, & Kouzes, Richard. 3D Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography from an Underground Tunnel. United States. doi:10.1007/s00024-017-1526-x.
Guardincerri, Elena, Rowe, Charlotte Anne, Schultz-Fellenz, Emily S., Roy, Mousumi, George, Nicolas, Morris, Christopher, Bacon, Jeffrey Darnell, Durham, J. Matthew, Morley, Deborah Jean, Plaud-Ramos, Kenie Omar, Poulson, Daniel Cris, Bonneville, Alain, and Kouzes, Richard. Fri . "3D Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography from an Underground Tunnel". United States. doi:10.1007/s00024-017-1526-x. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1418761.
@article{osti_1418761,
title = {3D Cosmic Ray Muon Tomography from an Underground Tunnel},
author = {Guardincerri, Elena and Rowe, Charlotte Anne and Schultz-Fellenz, Emily S. and Roy, Mousumi and George, Nicolas and Morris, Christopher and Bacon, Jeffrey Darnell and Durham, J. Matthew and Morley, Deborah Jean and Plaud-Ramos, Kenie Omar and Poulson, Daniel Cris and Bonneville, Alain and Kouzes, Richard},
abstractNote = {Here, we present an underground cosmic ray muon tomographic experiment imaging 3D density of overburden, part of a joint study with differential gravity. Muon data were acquired at four locations within a tunnel beneath Los Alamos, New Mexico, and used in a 3D tomographic inversion to recover the spatial variation in the overlying rock–air interface, and compared with a priori knowledge of the topography. Densities obtained exhibit good agreement with preliminary results of the gravity modeling, which will be presented elsewhere, and are compatible with values reported in the literature. The modeled rock–air interface matches that obtained from LIDAR within 4 m, our resolution, over much of the model volume. This experiment demonstrates the power of cosmic ray muons to image shallow geological targets using underground detectors, whose development as borehole devices will be an important new direction of passive geophysical imaging.},
doi = {10.1007/s00024-017-1526-x},
journal = {Pure and Applied Geophysics},
number = 5,
volume = 174,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Mar 31 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Fri Mar 31 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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