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Research @ Queen’s: Starting a scintillating search

Over the last decade, SNO+ has taken advantage of a unique piece of research infrastructure and set out on a new mission.

Mark Chen
Mark Chen, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, holds a photomultiplier tube (PMT). PMTs are very sensitive light detectors, capable of sensing single light photons and producing an electrical pulse that travels to the data acquisition electronics.

 

Like a beloved book or movie that you hope has a sequel, the most successful scientific projects cry out for a second act. That is just what has happened to the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), which over the last decade has reinvented itself as SNO+, led by Mark Chen, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics, a project that has taken advantage of a unique piece of research infrastructure and set it on a new mission.

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