Silvia Scorza (SNOLAB, Canada)
Astroparticle physics experiments searching for rare events, such as
neutrinoless double beta decay and dark matter particles interactions,
have to be shielded from background radiation that would interact and
hide the physics of interest, and have to exhibit a radioactive
background as low as possible. Therefore, underground site are
preferred. Being protected from cosmic rays, the underground environment
provides the conditions necessary for experiments dealing with such rare
or exotic interactions.
SNOLAB is one such facility, based at a depth of 2km in the Vale
Creighton mine near Sudbury, Ontario. The lab hosts a number of neutrino
and dark matter experiments as well as new biology and genomic
experiments making use of the unique facility.