TERRAPUB Earth, Planets and Space

Earth Planets Space, Vol. 62 (No. 2), pp. 139-143, 2010

Motivations for muon radiography of active volcanoes

G. Macedonio and M. Martini

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Osservatorio Vesuviano, Napoli, Italy

(Received December 5, 2008; Revised March 3, 2009; Accepted March 30, 2009; Online published February 22, 2010)

Abstract: Muon radiography represents an innovative tool for investigating the interior of active volcanoes. This method integrates the conventional geophysical techniques and provides an independent way to estimate the density of the volcano structure and reveal the presence of magma conduits. The experience from the pioneer experiments performed at Mt. Asama, Mt. West Iwate, and Showa-Shinzan (Japan) are very encouraging. Muon radiography could be applied, in principle, at any stratovolcano. Here we focus our attention on Vesuvius and Stromboli (Italy).
Key words: Volcanic structure, muon radiography, Vesuvius, Stromboli, Asama volcano, MU-RAY experiment.

Corresponding author E-mail: macedon@ov.ingv.it

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