How do you build a ship in a bottle? Everything necessary to construct the enormous Fermilab-hosted international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment must fit down a narrow, mile-deep shaft cut through solid rock. Contractors have started the months-long process of disassembling excavation equipment and lowering it underground.
Fermilab contractors have successfully commissioned a system that will move 800,000 tons of rock to create space for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment’s detectors in South Dakota. Excavation crews will transport the rock from a mile underground to the surface using refurbished mining infrastructure and the newly constructed conveyor system.
From Construction and Engineering, March 16, 2021: A construction and engineering short view on the development of DUNE and the impressive engineering and excavation process involving hundreds of thousands of tons of rock almost a mile below the surface.
What do researchers with the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab, hope to discover? Here’s a hint: DUNE’s science goals have to do with exploding stars, going beyond the Standard Model, and explaining why, exactly, anything exists at all. In this video of an online event hosted by the Sanford Underground Research Facility, DUNE researchers unpack the three major science goals of the experiment.