SNOLAB, the world-class neutrino and dark matter facility located deep underground in the operational Vale Creighton nickel mine, near Sudbury, Ontario in Canada has landed a $28.6 million funding to advance its research work.
The facility received the funding through Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiative (MSI) fund – a fund geared towards securing and strengthening state-of-the-art national research facilities and enabling Canadian researchers to undertake worldclass research, contribute to technology development and drive innovation.
The combination of great depth and cleanliness that SNOLAB affords allows extremely rare interactions and weak processes to be studied including research that focusses on sub-atomic physics, largely neutrino and dark matter physics. SNOLAB is being pegged as instrumental in finding answers to some of the most complex questions including Why does matter dominate over anti-matter in the Universe? What is the nature of Dark Matter? What physics, if any, exists beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics? and What are the mechanisms by which heavy elements are produced in the Universe?
The principle topics in astroparticle physics being investigated at SNOLAB are: Low Energy Solar Neutrinos; Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay; Cosmic Dark Matter Searches; and Supernova Neutrino Searches. The funding announced today will sustain scientific excellence at SNOLAB and ensure the facility maintains a leadership role in the global deep underground research community.
At 2km, SNOLAB is the deepest clean room facility in the world. It is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. SNOLAB has 5,000 m2 of clean space underground for experiments and supporting infrastructure. On surface there is a 3,100 m2 SNOLAB building to support the underground experiments.
CFI’s MSI Fund is a program that ensures Canada’s large, complex research facilities that serve communities of researchers have the support they need to continue to operate at the cutting edge.