Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

TPSC seminar

Time and date: 25 November 2011 (Friday), 4:00 PM
Venue: Seminar Hall

Title: From outer space to inner space - Imaging with cosmic rays

Speaker: Dr. Bhaskar Sur, Applied Physics Branch, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Canada

Abstract: Cosmic ray muons, a highly penetrating component of naturally occurring cosmic radiation, have been used since the 1950s to image the inside of large structures such as pyramids, mines and volcanoes. We have been working on several aspects of cosmic ray muon tomography and radiography at Chalk River Laboratories. In collaboration with colleagues at several Canadian institutions, we are well on our way to completion of the Cosmic Ray Interrogation and Passive Tomography (CRIPT) detector. This detector is a prototype for detection and rapid identification of anomalous distributions of special nuclear materials inside cargo containers, nuclear waste packages and spent fuel dry storage containers. We are also investigating the potential of cosmic ray muon imaging to provide inside information on critical infrastructure including nuclear reactors for aging assessments and severe accident management. Progress and status of these and related projects will be presented.