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MJD requires precision machining

April 1, 2014

In the clean room at the Ross Campus, 4,850 feet below the surface, the Majorana Demonstrator (MJD) project is growing the world’s purest electroformed copper. The copper is then machined in the world’s deepest clean machine shop into a variety of parts, some of which are thinner than a hair’s width. It’s all part of MJD’s effort to discover neutrinoless double-beta decay, which just might tell us why matter defeated anti-matter. This story is the second in a two-part series that focuses on the engineering behind the science of MJD.

New Visitor Center grows out of commitment to education and community

April 4, 2014

The Homestake Visitor Center sits at the edge of a Black Hills landmark: the Open Cut, an inactive mine pit that measures 1,000 feet wide and 900 feet deep. It draws more than 40,000 visitors a year to Lead, S.D. In spring 2014 the facility will be demolished to make way for the Sanford Lab-Homestake Visitor Center, an 8,000 square-foot building that will tell the story of a western mining town and its transformation into a center for advanced research.

Engineering Majorana’s shield

April 2, 2014

Many experiments require equipment or methods that don’t yet exist. In the case of the Majorana Demonstrator (MJD) project, the experiment includes creating electroformed copper parts and designing an intricate multi-layered shield that will protect the experiment from cosmic and terrestrial radiation. This story is the first in a two-part series that focuses on the engineering behind the science of MJD.

MJD gets high marks after review

February 1, 2014

In its recent annual review, the Majorana Demonstrator (MJD) received high marks from Department of Energy and National Science Foundation officers and an international review committee.

 “They recognized that we’ve made tremendous progress and are doing very well over all,” said John Wilkerson, principal investigator of MJD and the John R. and Louise S. Parker Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina. “They offered us some constructive criticism that we will incorporate as we build the demonstrator.”