The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment are the largest international particle physics project ever built in the United States, hosted by Fermilab. The project requires major construction at Fermilab and the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota. It involves the excavation of 875,000 tons of rock a mile underground and filling a particle detector with 70,000 tons of liquid argon, to be stored at a temperature of minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Groundbreaking was in July 2017. With DUNE, scientists will seek to find out the role neutrinos play in the universe and look for rare subatomic interactions never seen before. Are neutrinos the reason that the universe is filled with matter? How do they contribute to the formation of black holes?
Stefan Söldner-Rembold is professor at the University of Manchester, UK, and the co-spokesperson of the DUNE collaboration, which comprises more than 1,000 scientists from institutions in 32 countries. He’s worked on particle physics experiments at DESY, CERN, Fermilab and other institutions. From 2009 to 2011, he was the co-spokesperson of the DZero experiment at Fermilab. He received his Ph.D. at the Technical University in Munich in 1992.