Articles | Volume 1, issue 1
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 1, 33–42, 2012

Special issue: High energy geophysics: muon and neutrino radiography

Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 1, 33–42, 2012

Research article 20 Apr 2012

Research article | 20 Apr 2012

Design and operation of a field telescope for cosmic ray geophysical tomography

N. Lesparre*,1, J. Marteau2, Y. Déclais2, D. Gibert1, B. Carlus2, F. Nicollin3, and B. Kergosien3 N. Lesparre et al.
  • 1Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, UMR7154, CNRS, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France
  • 2Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon, UMR5822, CNRS IN2P3 – Université Lyon 1, Lyon, France
  • 3Géosciences Rennes, UMR6118, CNRS – Université Rennes 1, Bât. 15 Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes cedex, France
  • *now at: Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Abstract. The cosmic ray muon tomography gives an access to the density structure of geological targets. In the present article we describe a muon telescope adapted to harsh environmental conditions. In particular the design optimizes the total weight and power consumption to ease the deployment and increase the autonomy of the detector. The muon telescopes consist of at least two scintillator detection matrices readout by photosensors via optical fibres. Two photosensor options have been studied. The baseline option foresees one multianode photomultiplier (MAPM) per matrix. A second option using one multipixel photon counter (MPPC) per bar is under development. The readout electronics and data acquisition system developed for both options are detailed. We present a first data set acquired in open-sky conditions compared with the muon flux detected across geological objects.