Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

SNOLAB awarded $18 Million from Ontario Research Fund Research in Excellence program
January 20, 2008

On Friday January 18th, Ontario Research and Innovation Minister John Wilkinson presented $18 million over 5 years to Anthony Noble, SNOLAB Director, for ongoing research at the world's deepest scientific laboratory. SNOLAB is an underground science laboratory situated two km below the surface in the Vale/Inco Creighton Mine located near Sudbury Ontario Canada. The site is off the north shore of Lake Huron, approximately 400 km northwest of Toronto. SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. The project was jointly proposed by Carleton University, Laurentian University, Queen's University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Guelph and the Universite de Montreal. Including the existing SNO facilities, SNOLAB will have 5,000 m2 of clean space underground for experiments and the supporting infrastructure. On surface there is a 3,100 m2 building constructed on the Creighton mine site to support the underground experiments. At nearby Laurentian University there is a facility for radio-isotope measurements and water analysis. Excavation of the underground laboratory expansion began in 2004 and is expected to be completed in mid 2008 with completion of the outfitting of the facility by the end of 2008. SNOLAB follows on the important achievements in neutrino physics achieved by SNO and other underground physics measurements. The primary scientific emphasis at SNOLAB will be on astroparticle physics with the principal topics being:

  • Low Energy Solar Neutrinos;
  • Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay;
  • Cosmic Dark Mater Searches and
  • Supernova Neutrino Searches.

"It's globally significant work that is being done here," Wilkinson told journalists and about 30 officials crammed into Noble's campus lab for a news conference. For more information on the facility, visit