I am also participating in the SNO+ and DEAP-3600 experiments being constructed at SNOLAB that are scheduled to begin operation in 2013. The SNO+ experiment will refill the SNO detector with about 780 tonnes of liquid scintillator containing over a ton of Nd to search for neutrino-less double beta decay in the isotope 150Nd. This will be one of the most sensitive measurements of this type in the world, with the potential to demonstrate if neutrinos are Majorana particles (their own anti-particles) and if so, to provide a limit on the mass of the lightest neutrino. Other measurements will be made for low energy neutrinos from the sun, the earth and nuclear reactors.
I also am a member of the DEAP/CLEAN collaboration which is building the DEAP-3600 and MiniCLEAN detectors at SNOLAB. I am working primarily on the DEAP-3600 experiment that will use 3600 kg of liquid argon to make measurements of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS) with sensitivity up to 100 times better than present measurements. The objective is to seek such WIMPS as possible candidates for the Dark Matter particles thought to make up the majority of the matter in our universe.
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