The MURAVES muon telescope: technology and expected performances

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Giulio Saracino
Fabio Ambrosino
Lorenzo Bonechi
Alan Bross
Luigi Cimmino
Roberto Ciaranfi
Raffaello D’Alessandro
Flora Giudicepietro
Giovanni Macedonio
Marcello Martini
Vincenzo Masone
Nicola Mori
Pasquale Noli
Massimo Orazi
Giuseppe Passeggio
Anna Pla-Dalmau
Lorenzo Roscilli
Paolo Strolin


The MURAVES project aims to study the inner structure of the upper part of the Mt. Vesuvius volcano by muon radiography (muography) technique. Very high energy muons, produced by cosmic rays in the atmosphere, can penetrate large thickness of rocks. By measuring the attenuation of the muons flux trough the volcano cone is possible to obtain a 2D image of the density structure. Internal discontinuities, with a spatial resolution of about 10 m, can be, in principle, resolved. An absolute average density measurement can be provided too. The project, funded by the Italian Ministry of University, Research and Education (MIUR), is led by INGV and INFN. In this article the mechanical structure of the detectors and background suppression techniques are reported.

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Saracino G, Ambrosino F, Bonechi L, Bross A, Cimmino L, Ciaranfi R, D’Alessandro R, Giudicepietro F, Macedonio G, Martini M, Masone V, Mori N, Noli P, Orazi M, Passeggio G, Pla-Dalmau A, Roscilli L, Strolin P. The MURAVES muon telescope: technology and expected performances. Ann. Geophys. [Internet]. 2017Feb.14 [cited 2024Feb.28];60(1):S0103. Available from:

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