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