Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

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The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), formerly the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) is a proposed neutrino detector at the Homestake Mine which would observe neutrinos produced at Fermilab. It would fire an intense beam of trillions of neutrinos from a production facility near Fermilab (in Illinois) over a distance of 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) to an instrumented multi-kiloton volume of liquid argon located at the Sanford Lab in South Dakota. The proposed detector is to be about 12 metres (39 ft) across. Its goal would be to study neutrino oscillation and perhaps determine whether neutrinos are their own anti-particle, that is whether they are Majorana particles. Part of the path of the neutrinos would take them 30 kilometres (19 mi) underground (the beam itself will start 1.5 kilometres (4,900 ft) under the surface).[1]

Funding and construction[edit]

Longitudinal section of the beamline for the experiment from the Main Injector

The US has committed $1 billion to its development. The UK has announced that they will help fund the project and nine British universities will be involved.[1] These include Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Cambridge, Oxford, and University College London.

It is planned to be operational in 2022.

Dissolution and Successor[edit]

The Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) concluded in its 2014 report that the research activity being pursued by LBNE "should be reformulated under the auspices of a new international collaboration, as an internationally coordinated and internationally funded program, with Fermilab as host."[2] The LBNE collaboration was officially dissolved on Jan. 30, 2015,[3] shortly after the new collaboration recommended by P5 was formed on Jan. 22, 2015.[4] The new collaboration selected the name Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE).[5]


  1. ^ a b Ghosh, Pallab (15 February 2014). "UK backs huge US neutrino plan". BBC News. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (May 2014). Ritz, Steve, ed. Building for Discovery: Strategic Plan for U.S. Particle Physics in the Global Context (Report of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5)). U. S. Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Science Foundation. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Strait, Jim (9 February 2015). "ELBNF and LBNF" (Presentation at All-Experimenters Meeting). Fermi National Accelerator Lab: Fermi National Accelerator Lab. p. 5. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Lykken, Joe (27 January 2015). "ELBNF is born". Fermilab Today. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Huber, Jennifer; Jepsen, Kathryn. "The dawn of DUNE". Symmetry Magazine. Fermilab/SLAC. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 

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