Articles | Volume 2, issue 1
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 55–60, 2013

Special issue: High energy geophysics: muon and neutrino radiography

Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 2, 55–60, 2013

Research article 06 Feb 2013

Research article | 06 Feb 2013

Towards a muon radiography of the Puy de Dôme

C. Cârloganu1, V. Niess1, S. Béné1, E. Busato1, P. Dupieux1, F. Fehr1, P. Gay1, D. Miallier1, B. Vulpescu1, P. Boivin2,3,4, C. Combaret5, P. Labazuy, I. Laktineh5, J.-F. Lénat, L. Mirabito5, and A. Portal C. Cârloganu et al.
  • 1Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, CNRS/IN2P3, Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire, BP 10448, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 2Clermont Université, Université Blaise Pascal, Observatoire de Physique du Globe de Clermont-Ferrand, Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, BP 10118, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 3CNRS – UMR6524, LMV, 63038 Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 4IRD, R 163, LMV, 63038 Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • 5Université de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, IPNL, 1 Rue E. Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex, France

Abstract. High-energy (above a few hundred GeV) atmospheric muons are a natural probe for geophysical studies. They can travel through kilometres of rock allowing for a radiography of the density distribution within large structures, like mountains or volcanoes. A collaboration between volcanologists, astroparticle and particle physicists, Tomuvol was formed in 2009 to study tomographic muon imaging of volcanoes with high-resolution, large-scale tracking detectors. We report on two campaigns of measurements at the flank of the Puy de Dôme using glass resistive plate chambers (GRPCs) developed for particle physics, within the CALICE collaboration.