Overview of the Facility
The SNOLAB Low Background Counting Facility was started in 2005 using facilities inherited from
the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). Currently, the facility provides services in low background counting
using several facilities, including: gamma counting using ultra-lowbackgound germanium detectors, alpha
counting using an XIA alpha counter,
passive radon emanation, radon and thoron measurements with electrostatic counters and alpha-beta counters,
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry, general gamma spectroscopy and
consultation in low background materials and experiments.
SNOLAB currently operates low background facilities in the SNOLAB surface laboratories and in the deep
underground laboratory at the 6800 ft level (6000 m.w.e.) of the Creighton Mine, which is located near Sudbury,
The SNOLAB Low Background Counting Facility is open to users from the scientific community and associated industry.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to determine how we can help with your projects.