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Title: Detecting metal elements inside the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence using cosmic ray muons

Abstract

As part of the ongoing study of Brunelleschi's great dome in Florence, the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore has approved a proposal to solve the age-old problem of the possible presence of hoops or iron stirrups within the dome's inner wall by exploiting the flux of natural muons traversing the dome. Ascertaining presence of a metal hoop in the dome would of course be relevant to assess the static and seismic safety of the monument. The project, proposed by Dr. Elena Guardincerri from LANL and by Prof. Carlo Blasi, began in 2016 at LANL with the construction of special prototype-panels for the tracking of muons, and has expanded this year to include researchers from the Department of Physics of the University of Florence and INFN-Florence.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2]; ORCiD logo [3];  [4]
  1. Univ. of Parma, Parma (Italy)
  2. Univ. of Florence, Florence (Italy)
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  4. Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence (Italy)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program
OSTI Identifier:
1473823
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1557758
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-28207; LA-UR-18-31487
Journal ID: ISSN 1757-8981
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396; 89233218CNA000001
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IOP Conference Series. Materials Science and Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 364; Journal ID: ISSN 1757-8981
Publisher:
IOP Publishing
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; Atomic, Nuclear and Particle Physics

Citation Formats

Blasi, Carlo, Bonechi, Lorenzo, D’Alessandro, Raffaello, Guardincerri, Elena, and Vaccaro, Vincenzo. Detecting metal elements inside the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence using cosmic ray muons. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/364/1/012072.
Blasi, Carlo, Bonechi, Lorenzo, D’Alessandro, Raffaello, Guardincerri, Elena, & Vaccaro, Vincenzo. Detecting metal elements inside the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence using cosmic ray muons. United States. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/364/1/012072.
Blasi, Carlo, Bonechi, Lorenzo, D’Alessandro, Raffaello, Guardincerri, Elena, and Vaccaro, Vincenzo. Fri . "Detecting metal elements inside the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence using cosmic ray muons". United States. doi:10.1088/1757-899X/364/1/012072. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1473823.
@article{osti_1473823,
title = {Detecting metal elements inside the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence using cosmic ray muons},
author = {Blasi, Carlo and Bonechi, Lorenzo and D’Alessandro, Raffaello and Guardincerri, Elena and Vaccaro, Vincenzo},
abstractNote = {As part of the ongoing study of Brunelleschi's great dome in Florence, the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore has approved a proposal to solve the age-old problem of the possible presence of hoops or iron stirrups within the dome's inner wall by exploiting the flux of natural muons traversing the dome. Ascertaining presence of a metal hoop in the dome would of course be relevant to assess the static and seismic safety of the monument. The project, proposed by Dr. Elena Guardincerri from LANL and by Prof. Carlo Blasi, began in 2016 at LANL with the construction of special prototype-panels for the tracking of muons, and has expanded this year to include researchers from the Department of Physics of the University of Florence and INFN-Florence.},
doi = {10.1088/1757-899X/364/1/012072},
journal = {IOP Conference Series. Materials Science and Engineering},
number = ,
volume = 364,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {6}
}

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