TitleA cylindrical detector for geological survey with cosmic muons
Project id.155
Reference sectorSMART CITY
IP Protection LevelAn Italian patent has been presented on 30.11.2017 with the following code number: 102017000138317
Description of the innovation projectCosmic muons are very penetrating particle that can be used for geological survey. In a way similar to standard X ray radiography they can provide a detailed image of the underground. A muon detector placed in the underground is able to investigate all the area above, up to 100 meters of rock In this way they can see for cavities or other density anomalies inside the ground or in a hill. We developed a muon detector of cylindrical shape that can be place inside a well of 25 cm in diameter. The detector has low power consumption ( less then 50 W) and is watertight. It is connected by internet so that real time data can be collected during the measurement.
State of dev.Prototype
Industrial applicationGeological survey, archeology, smart cities, environmental monitoring
Market segmentConstruction, archeological, geotechnical sectors. The potential economic return is under evaluation
Advantage factorThe muon technique is an alternative method to those currently present in the field of geophysical prospection. It provides 2D and 3D images of the subsoil by measuring the average density. It can also be used when the subsoil presents complex structure and in urban environments. It is an automatic system. Once installed it can be remotely controlled and for long periods can acquire and transmit data.
Commercial challengeInnovative technique in the field of geophysical prospection providing several advantages such as: less costs, automatic system, low energy consumption, etc. The companies will be more competitive and innovative in the field of subsoil prospection.
Publications and Customer ReferecesThe technique has been analyzed, developed and validated in the framework of Metropolis project (MIUR code PON03PE_00093_04). In this regard, several deliverables have been presented on this method. An paper: G. Saracino, et al. (2016) “Imaging underground cavities by cosmic-ray muons from observations at Mt. Echia (Naples).” On SCIENTIFIC REPORTS.

Proposal of cooperation agreementKnow how transfer, Licensing, Research Center