symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication


underground science

September 2015

  • September 3, 2015
    signal to background: Scientists below the surface
    How do you get to work when your office is a clean room a mile below ground?

May 2014

October 2013

August 2013

  • August 27, 2013
    explain it in 60 seconds: Neutrinoless double beta decay
    The observation of neutrinoless double beta decay would suggest that, by itself, the Standard Model Higgs cannot give mass to neutrinos.

March 2013

  • March 26, 2013
    breaking: OPERA snags third tau neutrino
    For the third time since the OPERA detector began receiving beam in 2006, the experiment has caught a muon neutrino oscillating into a tau neutrino.

November 2012

  • November 5, 2012
    feature: Voyage to SNOLAB
    A growing number of scientists are looking for ways to join a dream team of experiments in a unique laboratory a mile and a half underground in Ontario. There, they seek to solve some of the biggest mysteries in physics today, including the case of missing dark matter.

October 2012

  • October 2, 2012
    breaking: Panofsky Prize honors researchers' underground hunt for dark matter
    The search for dark matter runs deep with physicists Blas Cabrera and Bernard Sadoulet, who have chased this mystery far underground and will be recognized for their work as joint recipients of the 2013 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics.

July 2012

  • July 23, 2012
    breaking: Precious cargo: Dark matter experiment set to move underground
    For the past two years, COUPP-4, a 4-kilogram bubble chamber experiment, has searched for signs of dark matter a mile underground at SNOLAB in Sudbury, Ontario. Now that experiment is about to get company – its big brother is moving in.
  • July 20, 2012
    breaking: Most sensitive dark-matter detector constrains search for WIMPs
    The XENON collaboration announced this week that they detected no signs of potential dark matter particles during the last 13 months. Their results will be used to narrow the search for the unseen particles that scientists think make up most of the matter in the universe.
  • July 13, 2012
    breaking: Dark-matter experiment moves underground
    Sanford Lab celebrates the arrival of the LUX dark-matter experiment deep inside a former mine in South Dakota with today’s live broadcast of the public radio program “Innovation” from LUX’s new home at SURF, and tomorrow’s Sanford Lab science festival.

June 2012

  • June 1, 2012
    gallery: Theater amongst neutrinos
    In Gran Sasso National Laboratory’s cavernous Hall B, beneath 1400 meters of rock, amongst huge detectors of neutrinos and dark matter, Italian actor Marco Paolini spoke. And more than one million people listened—and watched.

May 2012

  • May 31, 2012
    breaking: Underground science lab dedicated deep in the Black Hills
    Wednesday, May 30, marked the official opening of the Davis Campus of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, 4,850 feet down in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, South Dakota.
  • May 17, 2012
    breaking: Scientists celebrate completion of underground physics laboratory
    The elevator that sinks into the Vale Creighton Mine near Sudbury, Ontario, is a gateway to two different worlds. One is Canada’s largest nickel mine, opened at the turn of the last century and still in operation. The other is SNOLAB, a large underground particle physics laboratory, the grand opening of which will take place today.

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

  • February 14, 2012
    breaking: Tomorrow: Live underground tour of the CMS detector on Google+
    You're invited to tour an underground cavern that holds one of the largest scientific experiments in the world. Tomorrow, Feb. 15, the head of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, physicist Joe Incandela, will chat live from the CMS detector 100 meters underground in France via a Google+ Hangout.

December 2011

October 2011

  • October 18, 2011
    breaking: LAGUNA large neutrino observatory design moves forward
    The kick-off meeting for the second phase of the LAGUNA's design study starts today at CERN. The principal goal of LAGUNA (Large Apparatus for Grand Unification and Neutrino Astrophysics) is to assess the feasibility of a new pan-European research infrastructure able to host the next generation, very large volume, deep underground neutrino observatory. The scientific goals of such an observatory combine exciting neutrino astrophysics with research addressing several fundamental questions such as proton decay and the existence of a new source of matter-antimatter asymmetry in Nature, in order to explain why our Universe contains only matter and not equal amounts of matter and antimatter.
  • October 14, 2011
    breaking: Bubble chamber gets more precise in dark matter search
    The 1970s were a thriving time in the world of physics, heralding such milestones as the development of the Standard Model and the discovery of the bottom quark. Now scientists at Fermilab are bringing some experimental pieces of that era back – bubble chambers and fixed-target physics. Peter Cooper, a Fermilab physicist, is heading a new experiment calibrating the classic bubble chamber technology, which is used today to search for dark matter.