Glasgow Uni spin-out that uses cosmic rays to create 3D images shares £700,000 funding


Lynkeos Technology, which was founded in 2016, is one of ten organizations to receive funding from the Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Lynkeos won the support after winning the NDA’s Sensitive Sites Remote Monitoring competition, which sought new ways to remotely collect data about assets, infrastructure and the surrounding environment. The NDA is responsible for cleaning up the UK’s first 17 nuclear sites in a safe and cost-effective way.

Lynkeos technology exploits the unique properties of cosmic rays to create non-invasive images of the interiors of structures. It is the result of fundamental research in nuclear physics carried out at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow.

Cosmic rays are charged subatomic particles that reach the earth from space. When the rays collide with the nuclei of gases in the planet’s atmosphere, the impact releases particles called muons. Once the muons hit terrestrial objects, they are very slightly deviated from their trajectory. Collecting deviation data on a computer allows the creation of a sophisticated 3D image of the object and its structure.

David Mahon of Lynkeos and the University of Glasgow School of Physics and Astronomy said: “We are delighted to have secured support from DASA and NDA for our muography technology, which has already proven its value for passive imaging in harsh environments with a number of trading partners. The funding will help us build a more portable version of our muon imaging equipment that is fully battery powered and can be more easily deployed in the field. This will help users create images of structures in remote locations or harsh environments. »

Andrew Gray, Head of Innovation Delivery at NDA, added: “We are delighted to be working with DASA on this competition which has generated tremendous interest from many different sectors. The competition will support the development of new remote sensing technologies and the application of new approaches that will enable us to monitor our vast, geographically dispersed domain.

David Mahon of Lynkeos and the University of Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy: “The funding will help us build a more portable version of our muon imaging equipment.”
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