by Ian Hughes
10th February 2021

Engineers and technicians in Liverpool City Region have started production of a key piece of equipment for a major international science experiment.

Liverpool City Region’s Sci-Tech Darebury engineers – Helping the world to better understand the universe through neutrino research

The government has invested £65m in the DUNE initiative – hosted by Fermilab in the US – which will study elusive neutrinos in a bid to advance our understanding of the origin and structure of the universe.

As part of project, the UK is working on a series of vital detector components built at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in the Liverpool City Region.

Scientists will capture the neutrinos in detectors containing 17,000 tons of liquid argon.

The tiny electrical signals of neutrino interactions will be read out by Anode Plane Assemblies (known as APAs).

The Daresbury team has now started the production of the first APA for ProtoDUNE-II.

Executive chair of STFC professor Mark Thomson said: “It is impressive that the project team continues to made excellent progress in such a challenging year.

“This development means that 2021 should be the year of the Final Design Review and beginning of mass production of APAs at Daresbury – a huge milestone for everyone involved and a major step towards the construction of this incredibly exciting neutrino experiment.

“I am deeply proud of the team at Daresbury for how hard they have continued to work in difficult circumstances.”

Physicists from the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester are also providing the scientific leadership on the project.

For more on Liverpool City Region’s Sci-Tech Daresbury click HERE.

Ian Hughes
Ian Hughes
Marketing Manager
10th February 2021