High resolution muon tracking with resistive plate chambers

Paolo G Baesso, David G Cussans, Josh Davies, Paul Glaysher, Christian Thomay, Caroline Vassallo, Jaap J Velthuis, Steve Quillin, Stacey Robertson, Chris Steer

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Following their introduction in the physics community in the early '80s the use of Resistive Plate Chambers (RPCs) as charged particles detectors has constantly increased. Low cost per unit area, good time resolution and easy of operation are some of the features that contributed to such large adoption and that make RPCs interesting for several applications not necessarily related to physics. We built a prototype detector to track cosmic muons and exploit the information provided by estimating the multiple coulomb scattering angle to determine the type of materials they traversed. Simulations show that the technique could be used to inspect a cargo container in a time of the order of minutes.

The detector we built consists of six planes, each one providing X-Y readout over a 50 cm × 50 cm area. The readout scheme we adopted, based on multiplexing chips used in high energy physics, allowed us to use a limited amount of electronic output channels while still obtaining a spatial resolution lower than 1 mm. An overview of the detector and of the analysis performed on the data is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP11018
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2012

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