Sheffield physicists to play key role in £65 million research partnership with US

Scientists in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are set to play a leading role in a new £65 million research partnership between the UK and the US, which could change our understanding of the universe. supernova

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), based at the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) in South Dakota in the United States, will study the properties of mysterious particles called neutrinos, which could help explain more about how the universe works and why matter exists at all.

Physicists from the Faculty of Science are set to play a key role in developing the detector that will be critical in the experiment’s study of neutrinos.

Professor Neil Spooner, Head of the University of Sheffield’s Particle Physics Group and leader of the Sheffield DUNE Research Group, said: “This is a huge development for UK science and for the new relationship developing between the UK and US on science cooperation. Neutrinos are the new wild frontier in physics, their properties are not explained by our current understanding of physics. The DUNE project, which will comprise eventually of a huge 40,000 tonne detector of liquid argon a mile underground, is set to tackle this issue head-on but also conduct a new form of astrophysics by detecting neutrinos from exploding supernovae.

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