Practical Benefits of Particle Physics #8

A team at Los Alamos has a plan for using cosmic rays to examine the remains of the Fukushima nuclear reactors.

In a paper in Physical Review Letters, researchers compared two methods for using cosmic-ray radiography to gather images of nuclear material within the core of a reactor similar to Fukushima Daiichi Reactor No. 1. The team found that Los Alamos’ scattering method for cosmic-ray radiography was far superior to the traditional transmission method for capturing high-resolution image data of potentially damaged nuclear material. 

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