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The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is the largest particle physics project ever built in the United States. Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab, this international project brings together more than 1,000 scientists from more than 30 countries around the world, all dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of ghostly particles called neutrinos. To do this, Fermilab will send its world-leading particle beam 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) through the earth to four gigantic detectors built a mile beneath the surface at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. For the next decade, we’ll be building the future of particle physics. On this page you will find resources for reporters and editors who would like to be part of telling this story.

What is LBNF/DUNE?

The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility will create the world’s most powerful neutrino beams and send them 800 miles (1300 kilometers) straight through the earth to the massive, high-precision DUNE detectors one mile (1.5 kilometers) underground.
The beams will be created with particle accelerators located at Fermilab in Illinois. The DUNE detectors will be housed in caverns at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. These supersensitive detectors will contain almost 70,000 tons of liquid argon to record neutrinos with unprecedented precision.

What is a neutrino?

Neutrinos are all around us. They are the most abundant matter particles in the universe. Each second, a trillion neutrinos pass through our bodies, yet very little is known about them. In nature, neutrinos are produced in great quantities in the sun and other stars. In the laboratory, scientists make neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts—antineutrinos—with particle accelerators to learn more about the role they play in the universe.

Three major discovery areas

Origin of Matter

By exploring the differences in the behavior of neutrinos and antineutrinos, DUNE scientists aim to find out whether neutrinos are the reason the universe is made of matter.

Unification of forces

DUNE’s search for the rare signal of proton decay will move scientists closer to realizing Einstein’s dream of formulating a unified theory of matter and energy.

Black hole formation

DUNE will look for the gigantic streams of neutrinos emitted by exploding stars to watch the formation of neutron stars and black holes in real time and learn more about these mysterious objects.

Countries and institutions participating in DUNE

Armenia

  • Yerevan Institute for Theoretical Physics and Modeling

Brazil

  • Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas
  • UEFS/DFIS – State University of Feira de Santana
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Universidade Federal de Alfenas
  • Universidade Federal de Goias
  • Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos
  • Universidade Federal do ABC

Bulgaria

  • University of Sofia

Canada

  • York University

CERN

  • CERN

Chile

  • Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

China

  • Tsinghua University

Colombia

  • Universidad Antonio Nariño
  • Universidad del Atlantico
  • University Sergio Arboleda

Czech Republic

  • Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague
  • Institute of Physics CAS

Bulgaria

  • University of Sofia

Finland

  • University of Jyvaskyla

France

  • APC – University Paris Diderot
  • CEA/Saclay
  • Institut de Physique Nucleaire de Lyon (IPNL)
  • Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, CNRS/IN2P3 and Université Savoie Mont Blanc

Greece

  • University of Athens

India

  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Banaras Hindu University
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  • Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
  • Harish-Chandra Research Institute
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • K L University
  • Panjab University
  • Physical Research Laboratory
  • Punjab Agricultural University
  • University of Hyderabad
  • University of Delhi
  • University of Jammu
  • University of Lucknow

Iran

  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre

Italy

  • Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM)
  • Gran Sasso Science Institute
  • INFN Milano
  • INFN Sezione di Milano Bicocca
  • INFN-Bolgna
  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare – Sezione di Napoli
  • Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso
  • Laboratori Nazionali del Sud
  • Università del Salento – INFN
  • University di Pisa
  • University of Catania, INFN Sezione di Catania
  • University of Genova
  • University of Padova
  • University of Pavia, INFN Sezione di Pavia

Japan

  • High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)
  • Iwate University
  • Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (WPI)
  • National Institute of Technology, Kure College

Madagascar

  • University of Antananarivo

Mexico

  • Cinvestav
  • Universidad de Colima
  • Universidad de Guanajuato

Netherlands

  • Nikhef National Institute of Subatomic Physics

Paraguay

  • Universidade Nacional de Asuncion

Peru

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería

Poland

  • H. Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics
  • National Centre for Nuclear Research
  • University of Warsaw
  • Warsaw University of Technology
  • Wroclaw University

Portugal

  • Laboratorio de Instrumentacao e Fisica Experimental de Particulas (LIP)

Romania

  • Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physiscs and Nuclear Engineering
  • University of Bucharest

Russia

  • Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INR RAS)

South Korea

  • Chung-Ang University
  • Korea Institute for Science and Technology Information

Spain

  • CIEMAT
  • Institut de Fìsica d’Altes Energies, Barcelona i.e. Catalan ersitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular
  • Madrid Autonoma University

Sweden

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Switzerland

  • ETH Zurich
  • University of Basel
  • University of Bern

Turkey

  • TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute

Ukraine

  • Kyiv National University

United Kingdom

  • Daresbury Laboratory
  • Edinburgh University
  • Imperial College of Science Technology & Medicine
  • Lancaster University
  • STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • University College London
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Durham
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick

United States

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Boston University
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • California Institute of Technology
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dakota State University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Harvard University
  • Idaho State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Louisiana State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michigan State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Otterbein University
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Sanford Underground Research Facility
  • SLAC National Acceleratory Laboratory
  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • South Dakota Science And Technology Authority
  • South Dakota State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University (Corpus Christi)
  • Tufts University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California (Berkeley)
  • University of California (Davis)
  • University of California (Irvine)
  • University of California (Los Angeles)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado (Boulder)
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Florida
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Houston
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota (Duluth)
  • University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • University of Texas (Arlington)
  • University of Texas (Austin)
  • University of Wisconsin (Madison)
  • Valley City State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wichita State University
  • Yale University

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Fermilab Office of Communication
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About LBNF/DUNE

Overview of LBNF/DUNE, including its science goals and benefits to society

Printable fact sheet

Building the World’s Flagship Neutrino Experiment (pdf)

Latest News

From CERN Courier, Oct. 29, 2018: The world’s largest liquid-argon neutrino detector has recorded its first particle tracks in tests at CERN, marking an important step towards the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment under preparation in the United States.

From Black Hills Pioneer, Oct. 26, 2018: The new building will serve as housing for equipment that is currently located at the Ross complex, which will need to be moved in order to make room for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment construction planned in the coming years.

From Live Science, Oct. 24, 2018: There are many huge unanswered questions in science, but it’s hard to beat “Why is there something, instead of nothing?” Fermilab scientist Don Lincoln explains how the study of neutrinos could answer it.