Neutrino physics and dark matter searches at SNOLAB

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Aithousa Mitropoulos ()

Aithousa Mitropoulos

Megaron, Athens - Greece


Dr Eric Vazquez-Jauregui (SNOLAB)


SNOLAB is an underground laboratory with an extensive experimental program in astroparticle physics focused on neutrino physics, such as double beta decay, solar and supernova neutrinos, and dark matter research. The international facility is located near Sudbury Ontario Canada in the Vale Inco Creighton Mine at a depth of 2 km to shield experiments from cosmic rays. The laboratory provides infrastructure and support within a clean environment (better than class 2000) to avoid contamination. SNOLAB is an expansion of the laboratory constructed for the successful experiment SNO (Sudbury Neutrino Observatory). Currently running experiments are DEAP-1 (Dark matter Experiment with Argon and Pulse-shape discrimination) and PICASSO (Project In CAnada to Search for Supersymmetric Objects), while the experiments under design are SNO+, HALO, DEAP-3600 and MiniCLEAN. SNO+ is a liquid scintillator detector to study low energy solar neutrinos, geoneutrinos, reactor neutrinos, neutrinoless double beta decay and for supernova search, HALO is a neutrino detector for the observation of galactic supernovas while DEAP3600 and MiniCLEAN are single phase detectors of LAr or LNe for direct detection of dark matter using scintillation light. SNOLAB has been progressively creating a significant amount of space for active international research on astroparticle physics that contributes to the world program of underground facilities. The status of the experimental program at SNOLAB is presented in this poster.

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