Muon and Neutrino Radiography 2012 (MNR 2012) will be held in Clermont Ferrand, April 17-20, 2012. It is the first event in an International Series of Workshops meant to stimulate interdisciplinary cooperation among several scientific communities interested in imaging of large scale structures with muons and neutrinos. In the spirit of pioneer workshops held between 2008 and 2011 in Tokyo, Naples and Bern, the presentations of the conference will focus on present and future applications of muon and neutrino radiography.
In the broad spectrum of applications, imaging of volcanoes with atmospheric muons is an expanding and very active field with several ongoing experiments. The same techniques are also being applied in archeology (pyramid structure imaging), geology (mineral deposit explorations), seismology (imaging of hidden seismic fault zones) and civil engineering (such as tunnel stability, nuclear reactors survey). The various applications all involve specific challenges, either in terms of required accuracies, operation conditions for the detectors, or target dimensions. R&D to overcome these challenges will benefit from interdisciplinary approaches and coordinated efforts.
In introduction to MNR 2012, parallel sessions will address the following topics:
- Applied mathematics dedicated to the inverse problem in a geophysical context.
- Phenomenological knowledge of the atmospheric muons and neutrinos.
- Recent detector developments.