The SNOLAB Legacy

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory was launched as a single experiment,
but its success spawned a dynamic research facility.

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The SNOLAB Legacy

with David Sinclair, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics at Carleton University and Founding Director, SNOLAB
Tuesday, October 17 at 7 pm
Fenn Lounge, Residence Commons

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One of the central themes of modern physics is the close connection between physics at the smallest possible scales (the fundamental particles of nature and their interactions) and physics at the largest possible scales (the universe as a whole and its evolution). In this talk I will try to demonstrate some of these connections and discuss how the development of a deep underground laboratory, SNOLAB has enabled fundamental advances in this study and promises a rich program of future discovery. The talk is aimed at a general audience and students of all backgrounds are welcome.

David Sinclair, now Distinguished Research Professor in Carleton University's Department of Physics, stands in front of the SNO detector.


In 1984, while on sabbatical from his position at Oxford, David Sinclair took his family to Sudbury, Ontario, to conduct a feasibility study for an underground laboratory which would allow scientists to probe fundamental questions about the universe. By 1990, the SNO Institute was formed with Art McDonald as Director, and David Sinclair as one of his deputies.  Excavation for the Observatory began in March 1990, and the rest is history. The SNOLAB Legacy is your opportunity to hear about the remarkable evolution of this world-class research facility and the potential for future discoveries, told by SNOLAB's founding Director.

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