Current Experiments

COUPPPICO - The PICO collaboration uses bubble chambers to search for dark matter in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, or WIMPs. The PICO project aims to detect dark matter particles with the bubble chamber technique. The experiment is installed at a depth of 2 km in the SNOLAB underground laboratory at Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The PICO collaboration is presently operating two dark matter search experiments: a bubble chamber filled with 37 kg of CF3I and a chamber loaded with 3 kg of C3F8. A much larger version of the experiment with 500 kg of active mass is in development.

 

 

DEAP-1DEAP-1 - A 7kg liquid-argon dark matter detector. 

 

 

DEAP-3600DEAP-3600 - A second generation experiment that will search for dark matter particle interactions on liquid argon. This experiment will start taking data in 2015. 

 

 

EXOEXO - An experiment which will attempt to measure the mass of the neutrino and determine its nature -- Majorana or Dirac.

 

 

HALOHALO - A Helium And Lead Observatory used to detect supernovas. This experiment is currently taking data. 

 

 

MiniCLEANMiniCLEAN - Mini-CLEAN, a prototype experiment for the larger CLEAN experiment, will be used to test the practicality of liquid neon as a scintillation material for neutrino detection.

 

 

PICASSOPICASSO - The PICASSO project is a dark matter search experiment that has completed its data run at SNOLAB. 

 

 

SNO+SNO+ - A new neutrino experiment using the existing SNO detector and infrastructure.

 

GenomicsGenomics & Bioinformatics - Dr. Thomas Merritt’s research group uses flies to study genetics and metabolism and has recently turned their attention to the effects of working in a mine, specifically working deep underground. The unique features that make SNOLAB an ideal location for studying subatomic particles, a controlled environment deep underground, also make it an ideal location for studying the biological response to pressure.

 

SNOThe Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) - SNO was a heavy-water Cherenkov detector designed to detect neutrinos produced by fusion reactions in the sun. This experiment has completed its data run and has offically been completed.