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High-speed analysis of nuclear emulsion films with the use of dry objective lenses

Abstract : The extensive use of nuclear emulsions as precise tracking detectors in experimental physics has been made possible due to recent advances in the production of novel emulsion films and to the development of automatic scanning devices. The scanning speed of such systems has exceeded the level of 20 cm2 of emulsion surface per hour. High-speed automatic scanning systems, such as those developed by the OPERA Collaboration, are able to reconstruct particle tracks in nuclear emulsions with excellent accuracy. However, the high-magnification oil immersion objectives used in these systems assume deposition and removal of oil onto and from the emulsion films. This is a major technological obstacle in the automatization of the emulsion feeding to the microscope, as required for large scale use as in the case of the OPERA neutrino oscillation experiment. In order to overcome this problem, an innovative technique of nuclear emulsion films scanning with the use of dry objective lenses has been developed and successfully applied to the experiment.
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I. Kreslo, M. Cozzi, A. Ereditato, M. Hess, J. Knuesel, et al.. High-speed analysis of nuclear emulsion films with the use of dry objective lenses. Journal of Instrumentation, IOP Publishing, 2008, 3, pp.P04006. ⟨10.1088/1748-0221/3/04/P04006⟩. ⟨in2p3-00293974⟩



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