Simulation of a First Case Study for Magnetic Field Imaging with the Magic-µ Technique
So far, most of the developments in muography (or cosmic-ray muon radiography) have been based on either the scattering or the absorption of cosmic-ray muons produced by the nuclear interactions between primary cosmic-rays and the nuclei of the Earth’s atmosphere. Applications of muography are increasing in various disciplines. A new use of this technique to measure a magnetic field has recently been proposed by our group. This new application takes advantage of the electric charge of cosmic-ray muons, which causes them to change their trajectory due to the Lorentz force generated by a magnetic field. In this study, we present a feasibility study of the proposed technique by simulating a simple dipole magnet using the three-dimensional finite element solution package AMaze, together with the PHITS Monte Carlo simulation tools. The distribution of magnetic field flux densities around the magnet was calculated in AMaze and
entered into the PHITS code. Positive and negative cosmic-ray muons were generated based on the PHITS-based analytical radiation model (PARMA). A comparison of the count rate maps of the detected muons on two position-sensitive scintillator detectors for the magnetic field ON and OFF was studied using PHITS. The simulation results show the effect of the magnet on the count rate maps and are promising for the newly proposed application of cosmic-ray muons, the imaging of a magnetic field.
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