Inside Sudbury Neutrino Observatory

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Built in the Nineties, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) is currently being refurbished to refocus its sights on some of the latest questions in neutrino research. Baptised SNO+, the new detector will reuse much of its predecessor’s infrastructure to hunt for the products of neutrino interactions but using a slightly different technique. Instead of heavy water, SNO+’s tank will be filled with a scintillator: a liquid that gives off light when charged particles pass through it. This will enable SNO+ to spot lower-energy neutrinos than before, broadening the scope of the facility’s research.

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