Current and future underground experiments
The graphic above illustrates current and proposed experiments at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Here’s a rundown of three operating laboratories and four proposed sites, beginning on the left side of the graphic with the two experiments in the Davis Campus at the 4850 Level:
- The Large Underground Xenon experiment has been installed in its protective water tank, which could be filled as early as this month.
- Majorana Demonstrator researchers are machining the ultra-pure copper they’ll use to build their neutrinoless double-beta decay experiment.
- The “multi-functional lab module” is a proposal, as is FAARM, which stands for the Facility for Acquisition and Assay of Radiopure Materials.
- The Temporary Clean Room, opened last year, is where the Majorana collaboration has been electroforming their ultra-pure copper.
- The low-background counting facility near the Ross Shaft is a proposal.
- The proposed Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) is shown in two locations. One option is a surface laboratory in Kirk Gulch; the other option is a lab on the 4850 Level.
- DIANA, the Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics, is an experiment proposed for the 3950 Level.