SETI [ASTRO] First Neutrino Detected At Sudbury Neutrino Observatory


Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Wed, 09 Jun 1999 15:09:55 -0400


>X-Authentication-Warning: brickbat12.mindspring.com: majordom set sender to owner-astro using -f >Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 15:03:21 GMT >From: Ron Baalke <BAALKE@kelvin.jpl.nasa.gov> >To: astro@lists.mindspring.com >Subject: [ASTRO] First Neutrino Detected At Sudbury Neutrino Observatory >Sender: owner-astro@brickbat12.mindspring.com >Reply-To: Ron Baalke <BAALKE@kelvin.jpl.nasa.gov> > > >Queen's University >Kingston, Ontario > >Contact: >Nancy Marrello >Queen's University Communications >613-533-6000, ext. 74040 > >Wednesday, June 9, 1999 > >First Neutrino detected at the Queen's-led Sudbury Neutrino Observatory > >An international team of scientists, research associates and graduate >students associated with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory are >celebrating the first detection of neutrinos at this one-of-a-kind >underground observatory. > >Among its first images are stunning examples of the pools of light formed >by the interactions of neutrinos that began life in the sun or in the >atmosphere on the opposite side of the Earth. > >"This is tremendously exciting," says Art McDonald, Queen's professor and >SNO Institute Director. "After all the hard work which has been devoted to >the SNO project, to see such clear examples of neutrino interactions within >days of finally turning on the full detector was a real triumph for the entire >SNO team." > >Located 6,800 feet underground, SNO is part of a world-wide effort to >understand neutrinos, the basic building blocks of the universe. The results >from the SNO experiments are expected to help answer questions about >the nature of matter at the smallest scales and provide insight into the >structure of the stars and the Universe as a whole. > >"This is the most exciting physics experiment of this decade," says George >Ewan, emeritus professor at Queen's University and first Canadian spokesman >for the SNO project. "It is a dream come true. Now we can do the exciting >experiments we started discussing in 1984." > >SNO is a collaboration of nearly 100 scientists from 11 universities and >laboratories in Canada, the US and the UK. > > -30- > >For further information see attached backgrounder. [NOT attached.] To obtain >images of the SNO detector and a neutrino signal, visit the SNO Website at: > http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca > >Spokespersons: > >Dr. Art McDonald >Director, SNO Institute >(705) 692-7000, mcdonald@sno.phy.queensu.ca > >Dr. George Ewan >Emeritus professor of physics, Queen's University >613-533-2698. > > >



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