Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Physics Division

Physics Division Seminars

Physics Division Seminars bring us speakers on a variety of physics related subjects. Usually these are held in the Building 6008 large Conference Room, at 3:00 pm on the chosen day, but times and locations may vary. For more information, contact our seminar chairman,

Alfredo Galindo-Uribarri
Tel (Office): (865) 574-6124  (FAX): (865) 574-1268


Thu., April 28, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. (refreshments at 2:40 p.m.)

Status and physics of SNOLAB

Nigel Smith, SNOLAB, Vale Inco Creighton Mine, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Building 6008 Conference Room

Following the success of the SNO solar neutrino project, the astroparticle physics research facility based 2 km underground at the Vale Inco Creighton nickel mine, near Sudbury Ontario, has been expanded to host a variety of new experiments. These require the quiet radiation environment, from the cleanliness and reduction in cosmic rays activity, that SNOLAB affords. The construction phase of the expansion is now drawing to a close, and infrastructures for the initial suite of experiments are being implemented. These experiments focus primarily on sub- atomic physics, with studies of supernova and low energy solar neutrinos, neutrino-less double beta decay and Galactic dark matter searches.

This talk will outline the initial science program that will be conducted at SNOLAB, detailing some of the first projects which will be deployed, with a focus on the dark matter search experiments. The status of the facility itself will be discussed, illustrating the purpose and requirements for a deep underground laboratory, and a brief review of the global situation in underground science will be given.