• Sanford Experimental Hall

    Sanford Underground Laboratory

    An experiment hall nearly one mile underground at Sanford Underground Laboratory, being refurbished for the LUX and LZ experiments. Great depths are required to reduce background radiation from cosmic rays and make sensitive neutrino and dark matter searches possible.

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    Inside a crumpled ball

    The crumpling or crushing of paper, aluminum foil, or even a car fender is an everyday occurrence that is surprisingly rich in new physical and materials principles. UMass graduate student Dominique Cambou used X-ray microtomography experiments on foils crushed into a ball to understand their detailed 3D structure.

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    A Slice of Atlas Detector

    A cut-away view of the ATLAS detector.  The magnetic toroid for the muon system, which is a focus of the UMass Atlas team, is displayed in gray.

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    Borexino Solar Neutrino Detector

    The Borexino prototype detector (CTF) shown here, a 4-ton spherical scintillator target surrounded by ultra-pure water and 100 photomultiplier tubes, operated between 1994 and 2003. The tubes detect flashes of light from ionizing radiation (including neutrinos) occurring in the scintillating volume. A thin nylon "shroud" prevents radioactive contamination from entering the center-most volume of the detector. The main Borexino experiment has been taking data since 2007.

    Credit: Borexino Collaboration

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Romain Vasseur tenured and promoted

Romain Vasseur

CNS awards for Dept Manager Sara Cooper and Profs. Don Candela and Verena Martinez Outschoorn

Sara Cooper, Don Candela, Verena Martinez

PREx-II announces precise measurement of neutron "skin" thickness of Pb nucleus

Chandan Ghosh working on PREX detectors

Fermilab's Muon g-2 Experiment hints at Physics beyond the Standard Model

Muon g-2

Goldwater Scholarship for Physics and Astronomy junior Meredith Stone

Meredith Stone

Physics major Kate Mallory named a UMass Rising Researcher

Kate Mallory
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