Project Overview 

The company Lynkeos was founded in August 2016 to develop and build muon tomography detectors systems for commercial applications. Lynkeos was spun off from the Sellafield Ltd. Muon Project which was a multi-million pound industrial collaboration between the Nuclear Physics group at the University of Glasgow, the UK National Nuclear Laboratory and Sellafield Ltd., funded on behalf of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority by Sellafield Ltd. The project began in 2009 to assess the feasibility of using cosmic-ray muons to passively interrogate the contents of legacy waste containers on the Sellafield site. The Muon Tomography (MT) technique exploited by this project is one of the most promising non-destructive imaging techniques for this purpose.

  • Cosmic Showers

    Artists impression of a cosmic shower resulting in the creation of high energy muons.

  • Prototype Detector Module

    One of four modules constructed for a small-scale prototype system operational in Glasgow.

  • Imaging Encapsulated Nuclear Waste

    Horizontal and vertical slices through a steel, concrete-filled barrel using a small-scale prototype detector system in the region of a uranium cylinder.

  • Interrogating Shielded Structures

    Identifcation of a 2cm-diameter cylinder of uranium within a steel, concrete-filled barrel using a small-scale prototype detector system.

  • Sellafield Site

    Aerial view of the Sellafield nuclear power and fuel reprocessing facility in Cumbria, North-West England.

  • Sellafield Waste Encapsulation Process

    Overview of the Magnox fuel waste encapsulation process at the Sellafield nuclear plant.

A full scale detector system has been built in Glasgow using scintillating fibre and photomultiplier technologies after a small-scale prototype system successfully demonstrated on a variety of industrial test scenarios, high spatial resolution and a high degree of discrimination between different test materials.

This project is an industrial collaboration with the UK National Nuclear Laboratory and Sellafield Ltd., funded by Sellafield Ltd. (on behalf of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority)