Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment Breaks Ground

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The underground detector in South Dakota will receive a neutrino beam from Fermilab in Illinois. (Sandbox Media/DUNE Collaboration)

A special groundbreaking was held July 21 deep underground in South Dakota. Scientists, engineers and guests turned the first shovelfuls of the 800,000 tons of rock that will be excavated to build the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The cavern will house a giant detector for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). UC Davis Physics Professor Robert Svoboda was principal investigator of the project from 2009 to 2014, and project spokesperson from 2010 to 2013. Read more at UC Davis News.