Mexican scientists are going to use cosmic rays to study the pyramids, reports the BBC. The experiment is based on the fact that the absorption of the muon flux generated by interaction of the particles with high energy atmosphere encountered proportional to the mass in their path substance. Muon detectors will position at a depth of 8 meters below the base of the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan (Teotihuacan). Archaeologists hope in this way to find out whether there is hidden in the pyramids of the premises.
Muon detector — a system of wires in the gas tank. When a particle enters the reservoir occurring in the wires fixed current sensor.
The experimental scheme was proposed by Luis Alvarez (Luis Alvarez), received the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research in the field of elementary particles. Attempted they attempt to "listen" using muons pyramid of Khafre in Egypt did not bring results.
Earlier, a group of Japanese scientists reported using muons to predict volcanic activity. Surrounding the mountain muon detectors can detect voids in it and track movement of magma.
Conducted in Japan and Mexico, fundamental research can give rise to a wide practical application of muon detectors. The laboratory staff at Los Alamos intend to construct on the basis of their instruments for the analysis of goods crossing the border of the United States for the content of radioactive substances.
Battery News, 21.02.2005 17:30