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Trzaska, W. H., Bezrukov, L., Enqvist, T., Joutsenvaara, J., Kuusiniemi, P., Loo, K., Lubsandorzhiev, B., Sinev, V. & Slupecki, M (2018). Possibilities for underground physics in the Pyhasalmi mine. In CIPANP 2018 : 13th Conference on the Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics, 29 May - 03 Jun 2018. Palm Springs, California, USA (pp. 1-10)

Possibilities for underground physics in the Pyhasalmi mine

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Author: Trzaska, W. H.1; Bezrukov, L.2; Enqvist, T.1;
Organizations: 1Department of Physics, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
2Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
3Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.6 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019090626963
Language: English
Published: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory , 2018
Publish Date: 2019-09-06
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Abstract

The Pyhäsalmi mine is uniquely suited to host new generation of large-scale underground experiments. It was chosen both by the LAGUNA-LBNO and by the LENA Collaboration as the preferred site for a giant neutrino observatory. Regrettably, none of these projects got funded. The termination of the underground excavations in the fall of 2019 marks an important milestone. To maintain the infrastructure in good condition a new sponsor must be found: either a large-scale scientific project or new commercial operation. The considered alternatives for the commercial used of the mine include a pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant and a high-security underground data-storage centre. Without a new sponsor the ongoing experiments, including the cosmic-ray experiment EMMA and the study of 14C content in liquid scintillators, have to be completed within the next few years.

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Pages: 1 - 10
Article number: CIPANP2018-Trzaska-374
Host publication: CIPANP 2018 : 13th Conference on the Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics
Conference: Conference on the Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics
Type of Publication: D3 Professional conference proceedings
Field of Science: 114 Physical sciences
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Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors.