8-13 September 2013
Asilomar, California
US/Pacific timezone

The SNOLAB Science Programme

12 Sep 2013, 14:40
Asilomar, California

Asilomar, California

Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3704
Oral Underground Laboratories/Large Detectors (incl. Nucleon Decay) Underground Laboratories/ Large Detectors I


David Sinclair (Carleton University)


Several of the major questions studied in contemporary astro-particle and sub-atomic physics are performed through weak interaction studies or rare event searches. These require the ultra-quiet environment afforded by deep underground facilities, where the cosmic radiation induced backgrounds in the detection systems are reduced to a manageable level, and local ambient radioactivity reduced by shielding and low-background detector construction. The science programme at SNOLAB, the Canadian deep underground facility, will be described, to provide an overview of the science strands than can be explored with such a facility. These include direct searches for the Galactic dark matter, the study of fundamental neutrino properties through the search for neutrino-less double-beta decay in candidate isotopes, and the study of non-terrestrial sources of neutrinos.

Primary author

Prof. Nigel Smith (SNOLAB)

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