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Professor Mark Thomson leads the £65M UK investment in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment

On the 21st September, UK Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson signed the agreement with the US Energy Department to invest the sum in the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE). Mark Thomson is the scientific lead of this initiative and is also the overall co-lead of the 1000-strong DUNE collaboration. DUNE will study the properties of mysterious particles called neutrinos by firing a beam of neutrinos a distance of 1300 km through the Earth from Fermilab (near Chicago) to massive underground detectors in South Dakota. The UK will now take the lead in constructing several key systems of DUNE and LBNF (the accelerator and neutrino beam line). The following day Minister Jo Johnson visited Fermilab to meet with the leadership of the laboratory and with UK scientists.


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