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The SNO+ Detector

The SNO+ experiment studies the fundamental properties of neutrinos. The detector consists of an active volume of 780 tonnes of liquid scintillator housed within a 12-metre diameter acrylic vessel that is held in place by ropes and viewed by an array of about 10,000 photomultiplier light detectors. In this image, taken by a camera embedded in the photomultiplier array, the detector is illuminated only by light from the clean room at the top of the vessel neck, producing a beam effect. The SNO+ experiment is currently collecting data, carrying on the work of the Nobel-prize winning Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.
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Arts and Science
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Innovation for global impact
[Photo of the SNO+ detector filled with 780 tonnes of liquid scintillator within a 12-metre diameter acrylic vessel]
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Faculty of Arts and Science
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy
Interdisciplinary research in materials, computational analytics and human-machine interactions
Materials Discovery and Molecular Design
Fundamental Principles of Nature: from Discovery to Application and Innovation
Understanding the Universe, the Planet and our Place
Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astro-Particle Physics Research Institute
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Laboratory (SNOLAB)
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SNOLAB, Sudbury, Ontario
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Alex Wright for the SNO+ Collaboration
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Faculty, Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy