Sep 8 – 13, 2013
Asilomar, California
US/Pacific timezone

Towards a South African Underground Laboratory

Sep 12, 2013, 3:20 PM
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


Prof. Shaun Wyngaardt (Stellenbosch University)


Over the past two years there has been discussion among South African physicists about the possibility of establishing a deep underground physics laboratory to study, amongst others, double beta decay, geoneutrinos, reactor neutrinos and dark matter. As a step towards a full proposal for such a laboratory a number of smaller programmes are currently being performed to investigate feasibility of the Huguenot Tunnel in the Du Toitskloof Mountains near Paarl (Western Cape, South Africa) as a possible sight for the South African Underground Laboratory facility. The programme includes measurements of radon in air (using electret ion chambers and alpha spectroscopy), background gammaray measurements (inside/outside) the tunnel using scintillator (inorganic) detectors, cosmic ray measurements using organic scintillators and radiometric analyses of representative rock samples.

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Prof. Shaun Wyngaardt (Stellenbosch University)


Dr Jacques Bezuidenhout (Saldanha Military Academy, Stellenbosch University) Dr Peane Maleka (iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation) Prof. Richard Newman (Stellenbosch University) Dr Ricky Smit (iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation) Prof. Robert Lindsay (University of the Western Cape) Prof. Robert de Meijer (EARTH foundation) Dr Rudolph Nchodu (iThemba LABS, National Research Foundation)

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