SNOLAB is an epicentre of global deep underground science and discovery, located 2 kilometres below the Earth’s surface in the operational Vale Creighton nickel mine near Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. One of the deepest, cleanest underground laboratories in the world, with an experienced and skilled support staff, SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Nobel Prize-winning Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment.
The combination of SNOLAB’s great depth, cleanliness, in-house expertise, and specialized technical and project management support allows researchers to build underground experiments; study extremely rare interactions and weak processes; and deliver world-class science in a highly productive way. While particle astrophysics is the principle focus for SNOLAB, there is a growing interest in other scientific fields to exploit the deep underground space and associated infrastructure.
In particular, there have been growing developments in the field of mining innovation, where SNOLAB supports data analytics for mining innovation, and biology/genetics, where SNOLAB supports projects studying the impact of underground low radiation environments on biological systems.
SNOLAB also has multiple germanium detectors used to measure background radiation level in materials, an ultra-pure water plant that produces incredibly clean H2O, a precision radon gas measuring system and a newly constructed scintillator processing plant.
The elements that make SNOLAB unique enable a world-class science programme currently focused on neutrino and dark matter investigations but expanding to include a broader science base – and it is attracting internationally renowned scientists and experiments from across Canada and around the world.
SNOLAB has established a bold vision: to be an internationally recognized laboratory and partner of choice for deep underground science, delivering world-class research, scientific discovery and benefits to Canada and her global partners, by facilitating national and international access to its unique capabilities, facilities and expertise.
This Strategic Plan and accompanying Implementation Plan for 2017 to 2022 outlines how SNOLAB will work closely and collaboratively with the research community to build on the scientific, technical and operational accomplishments achieved to date, and further realize these goals. It builds directly on guidance, feedback and recommendations from a Strategic Planning Committee established by SNOLAB, comprising members of its community.
Over the next five years, SNOLAB will:
This plan lays out the vision and goals for the next five years and links to the more detailed implementation plan that describes how we will reach these targets.
The delivery of the SNOLAB Strategic Plan is the SNOLAB Implementation Plan; the IP works in conjunction with the Strategic Plan and these documents will guide SNOLAB Management in the prioritization of resources, enabling a sharp focus on projects that directly support and align with the strategic goals of the SNOLAB community.