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Imaging the Fukushima Daiichi Reactors with Cosmic-ray Muons

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:35pm
Amber Harmon

Morris and colleagues have developed a method that uses muons to peer inside closed containers, even very dense ones. This will help detect smuggled nuclear materials or gaze inside damaged nuclear reactor cores like those at the Fukushima Daiichi complex in Japan.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, US, will team up with Toshiba Corporation to use muon tomography to safely peer inside the cores of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors. The initiative could reduce the time required to clean up the disabled complex by at least a decade, and greatly reduce plant personnel exposure to radiation.

Video courtesy Los Alamos National Lab Communications Office.

Amber Harmon is the US Desk Editor of iSGTW and is based at CERN, near Geneva. This article originally appeared in iSGTW on July 9, 2014. Read the full article: Imaging the Fukushima Daiichi Reactors with Cosmic-ray Muons

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