The MSCA-RISE project was approved by the European Commission in June 2018 to enforce the EU-Japan Muography Network. The main aim of a RISE network is to provide mobility and networking opportunities to researchers at any career stage, from students to senior professors. This mobility has to be either inter-sectorial or inter-continental, or both. The network will be devoted to muography, the most successful spin-off of high energy physics. The private sector has a very important role to play. Through mutual visits, the knowledge will be bi-directionally transferred between academic and non-academic partners, and between European and Japanese researchers through this workshop.


Opening remarks

Andrea Giammanco, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Wednesday, 28 November, 02:40-02:45 p.m.
Structure of the Muography Package of INTENSE

Funded from 2019 until 2022, INTENSE will span three complementary directions: new neutrino experiments; a novel search for decays of the muon; and finally, multidisciplinary collaboration through “muography”, which uses cosmic-ray muons to image the interior of large targets, including volcanoes, glaciers and archaeological sites. This talk elaborates on the structure of the latter Work Package, that will allow new EU-Japan collaborative efforts.

Andrea Giammanco, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Wednesday, 28 November, 02:50-03:05 p.m.
Coordination of the RISE network in Japan

Volcanoes, cultural heritage, and social infrastructures all present important problems to both Europe and Japan. Resources that can be used to address these problems with muographic observations can be globally shared by sending researchers in Japan to Europe and inviting European scientists to Japan. The University of Tokyo has already signed the agreements with multiple institutions in Europe to promote cooperation in muography. The methodology to enable better EU-JP intercontinental mobility will be discussed.

Hiroyuki Tanaka, The University of Tokyo, Wednesday, 28 November, 03:10-03:25 a.m.
Hungary-Japan Joint Muography Observatory at Sakurajima Volcano

The Hungary-Japan Joint Muography Observatory (shortly MMOS) is a product of a successful international cooperation between two academic partners, namely the Earthquake Research Institute, The Univesity of Tokyo and Wigner Reseach Centre for Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The MMOS combines the robust, light-weight, high-resolution and high-efficiency technology developed in Hungary and the rich experience of Japanese scientist collected in volcanology and cosmic-ray muon imaging during the last two decades to observe the interior of Sakurajima volcano. Thanks to the cooperation with an industrial partner, namely NEC, the mass production of MMOS is expected to be started from 2019 and time-sequential imaging of Sakurajima volcano is expected to be realized. This talk aims to present the Sakurajima Muography Project and demonstrate the importance of multidisciplinary and intersectoral cooperations to enter new possibilities in science and social applications.

Laszlo Olah, The University of Tokyo, Wednesday, 28 November, 03:30-03:45 a.m.
Intersectoral activities between Wigner Research Centre for Physics and Japanese industries

Detector development for Muography puts main stress on the applicability of the imaging system in Geo-science and civil implementations. This, starting from the conceptual designs, requires considering cost, durability, environmental stability, power economy and maintenance. Various detector designs applied for Muography from the Wigner RCP has been constructed, installed and operated together with Japanese companies, in which the communication between scientists and engineers helps the improvement of the subsequent iterations.

Dezso Varga, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Wednesday, 28 November, 03:50-04:05 a.m.
Muography projects in Italy and the international cooperation mechanism

The research activity in the field of muography in Italy is very rich and presents different applications and technologies. The first measure dates back to 1997 with the study of a natural cave near Trieste, while INFN started to realize the first high spatial resolution well telescope in 1999 with the MGR project. In the volcanology field the three main Italian volcanoes, Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli are the objects of joint projects that use nuclear emulsions and electronic detectors. Concerning the multiple scattering technique, several projects have in these years approached this technique for the nuclear waste control, the detection of orphan sources in scrap metal or the search of hidden high-z materials inside containers. International cooperation is very active and various collaborations are under way. The funding channels are extremely varied, starting from the provincial-regional level up to the European one, passing through Ministerial Projects or Italian funding agencies. In the presentation, after a brief historical introduction, we will discuss the main activities in progress and possible future scenarios, trying to give a complete picture of the muography in Italy and of the international cooperation mechanism.

Giulio Saracino, University of Naples/INFN, Wednesday, 28 November, 04:10-04:25 p.m.
Europe-Japan Kofun Muography project

At Kansai University, research on ancient tombs was very active from long ago. The murals of the Takamatsuzuka tomb were discovered in 1972 by a Kansai university team. That great discovery not only had cultural significance, but also this news ran around Japan and an unprecedented archeology boom took place. Since that time, Kansai University has been engaged in research on ancient tombs centered on the Kansai area of Japan, mainly Asuka. If we realize tomography on Kofun through Muography this time, new discoveries can be expected . Because ancienttombs are very valuable cultural heritage, it is impossible to destroy them through excavation. In that sense, Muography that allows for nondestructive observations is a promising analysis tool.We would like to promote this project with Europe researchers.

Kenji Sumiya, Kansai University, Wednesday, 28 November, 04:30-04:45 p.m.
MSCA-ITN initiative

This talk reports on the proposal for a large European Training Network entirely devoted to the promotion of muography. Federating a total of around 30 participating institutes, the “European Training Network”, if funded, would allow to devote 14 doctoral scholarships to muography in the European Union, to fund several thematic schools and workshops, and to enhance the knowledge transfer between Europe and Japan and between the academic and private sectors.

Andrea Giammanco, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Wednesday, 28 November, 04:50-05:05 p.m.


Wednesday, 28 November, 05:10-05:50 p.m.