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C. L. Morris, C. C. Alexander, J. D. Bacon, G. S. Blanpied, K. N. Borozdin, R. Chartrand, D. J. Clark, C. J. Espinoza, A. M. Fraser, M. C. Galassi, J. J. Gomez, J. S. Gonzales, J. A. Green, N. W. Hengartner, G. E. Hogan, A. V. Klimenko, M. F. Makela, P. McGaughey, J. J. Medina, F. E. Pazuchanics, W. C. Priedhorsky, J. C. Ramsey, A. Saunders, R. C. Schirato, L. J. Schultz and M. J. Sossong, "Tomographic imaging with cosmic-ray muons", Sci. Glob. Secur., vol. 16, pp. 37--53, 2008


Over 120 million vehicles enter the U.S each year. Many are capable of transporting hidden nuclear weapons or nuclear material. Currently deployed x-ray radiography systems are limited because they cannot be used on occupied vehicles and the energy and dose are too low to penetrate many cargos. We present a new technique that overcomes these limitations by obtaining tomographic images using the multiple scattering of cosmic radiation as it transits each vehicle. When coupled with passive radiation detection, muon interrogation could contribute to safe and robust border protection against nuclear devices or material in occupied vehicles and containers.

BibTeX Entry

author = {C. L. Morris and C. C. Alexander and J. D. Bacon and G. S. Blanpied and K. N. Borozdin and R. Chartrand and D. J. Clark and C. J. Espinoza and A. M. Fraser and M. C. Galassi and J. J. Gomez and J. S. Gonzales and J. A. Green and N. W. Hengartner and G. E. Hogan and A. V. Klimenko and M. F. Makela and P. McGaughey and J. J. Medina and F. E. Pazuchanics and W. C. Priedhorsky and J. C. Ramsey and A. Saunders and R. C. Schirato and L. J. Schultz and M. J. Sossong},
title = {Tomographic imaging with cosmic-ray muons},
year = {2008},
urlpdf = {http://math.lanl.gov/Research/Publications/Docs/morris-2008-tomographic.pdf},
journal = {Sci. Glob. Secur.},
volume = {16},
pages = {37--53}