SBND

From Science, Aug. 8, 2019: Fermilab physicists are resurrecting a massive particle detector by lowering it into a tomblike pit and embalming it with a chilly fluid. In August, workers eased two gleaming silver tanks bigger than shipping containers, the two halves of the detector, into a concrete-lined hole. Hauled from Europe two years ago, ICARUS will soon start a second life seeking perhaps the strangest particles physicists have dreamed up, oddballs called sterile neutrinos.

Meet Anne Schukraft, a neutrino scientist at Fermilab. Schukraft is a member of the Short-Baseline Near Detector experiment, which will investigate ghostly particles called neutrinos. SBND will also help the lab prepare for the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab. In her spare time, Schukraft likes to swim and cycle. She appreciates Fermilab’s collaborative atmosphere and believes it creates a positive environment for current and future generations of scientists.

The upcoming Short-Baseline Near Detector at Fermilab continues scientists’ search for evidence of a hypothetical particle, the sterile neutrino. Collaborators around the world are participating in the detector’s construction. Its first critical components recently arrived from partner institutions. When complete, SBND will be the third and final detector in Fermilab’s Short-Baseline Neutrino Program.