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Tour of Daresbury Laboratory


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Tour of Daresbury Laboratory

The IOP Lancashire and Cumbria Branch Committee would like to invite you to attend a guided visit of STFC Daresbury Laboratory..

We will start by providing an overview of the research carried out at the lab. This will be followed by a one hour tour where you can see the onsite facilities. Including the CLARA 250 MeV electron linear accelerator and the DUNE neutrino detector construction factory. 

CLARA is a multi-purpose accelerator test facility which will be used to investigate such things as free electron laser science, novel methods of electron acceleration (e.g., plasma wakefield and THz driven) and inverse Compton production of gamma rays. A 100 Tera-Watt laser will be available to operate in conjunction with the electron beam. When fully operational (in about 12 months from now) this will be one of about half a dozen facilities worldwide with similar capabilities, and it is expected to be in high demand by users.

DUNE is an international neutrino physics collaboration aiming to study many aspects of neutrino physics at two locations in the USA during the 2030's and beyond: the Near Detector at Fermilab in Chicago and the Far Detector at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota (800 miles to the west of Chicago). An intense neutrino beam is being constructed at Fermilab which will send neutrinos through the Near and Far Detectors. Furthermore, neutrinos from non-accelerator sources (atmospheric, solar, astrophysical, etc.) will also be studied with the DUNE Far Detector.

The interactions of neutrinos at SURF will be recorded in enormous deep-underground cryostat detectors containing 17,000 tons of liquid argon. The tiny electrical signals produced by neutrino interactions in the liquid argon will be read-out by Anode Planar Arrays (APAs) which are huge rectangular steel frames covered with thousands of copper-beryllium wires, each about the width of a human hair. The dimensions of the APAs are an impressive 2.3m by 6.0m – making them the largest individual components for DUNE, and they must be built with millimetre precision. Daresbury Laboratory – with its university partners from Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield – will ultimately produce 135 APAs for DUNE. To meet this need, a large purpose-built APA factory, covering approximately 1200mwas created at Daresbury inside a former accelerator hall.

This tour is limited to 25 attendees and is exclusive to members of the Lancashire and Cumbria region. There is visitor parking at the lab. Further instructions will be shared with registered members before the date. 

Please email [email protected] to register your interest.