RADIATION DETECTOR TECHNOLOGY AND IMAGING SOLUTIONS HAVE APPLICABILITY IN MANY DIVERSE SECTORS, INCLUDING MINING, SECURITY AND HEALTHCARE.
Developing a New Geophysical Exploration Technique for Mining Exploration
AAPS and collaborators have demonstrated that muon tomography can successfully identify ore bodies underground. This has directly led to project co-funding of $1.8 million from Western Economic Diversification. Mining is one of Canada’s largest industries in terms of job creation and economic impact. Muon-based geotomography addresses many of the current challenges and limitations in mineral exploration. The technology could increase the success of exploration while at the same time making it less expensive and reducing its environmental impact.
AAPS incorporated CRM Muon Geotomography Technologies Inc. in March 2012 to assist in moving the technology forward and to pursue opportunities with the present technology, which could take full advantage of the existing suite of detectors. READ MORE>
Improving Border Security and the Detection of Special Nuclear Materials
AAPS has successfully demonstrated the technical merits of its muon detector design for use in identifying smuggled nuclear materials at ports and borders. This is another example of particle physics know-how being applied to solve real-world problems. The screening method relies on the measurement of naturally occurring cosmic ray muons—subatomic particles that continually shower down from the upper atmosphere. READ MORE>
Building on strengths in medical physics and technology, AAPS facilitated the formation of a company dedicated to reducing radiation exposure during fluoroscopy-guided medical procedures. READ MORE>
Neutron Well Logging
The use of well-logging tools (“Sondes”) is an essential feature of the oil and gas industries. These tools provide critically important information about the formation through which a borehole is being drilled, including the rock porosity and its capacity to hold oil or gas, the density of oil/gas/water in the surrounding rock, the salinity of any water present, and the elemental composition of the surrounding rock. There are many different types of well-logging tools which allow for this spectrum of properties to be measured. Some are lowered into the borehole after the drill has been removed (wireline logs), while others are present during drilling. READ MORE>