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SNOLAB Gets funding for Scientific Research at Vale's Creighton Mine in Sudbury

Mining News - Published on Tue, 15 Sep 2020

Image Source: SNOLAB Vale Creighton Mine
SNOLAB received CDN $ 40,890,089 and had the benefit renewed until 2022/23. The site has a unique capacity and offers a competitive edge for Canada as one of the few underground laboratories in the world to support current and future generations of subatomic and astroparticle physics experiments. It is located deep within Vale's Creighton Mine in Sudbury, Ontario. The funding was part of a CDN $230 million funding announcement by Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, Navdeep Bains. This funding will support 14 scientific initiative facilities through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. It will support innovative international research to help boost Canada's scientific productivity and economic competitiveness, in addition to enabling these groups to take action against the COVID-19 crisis.

In addition to potential achievements in fundamental physics, the team at SNOLAB is developing projects for new radiation and photo detectors applied in medical imaging and national security. They are also conducting research on the latest mining and genomics innovations aimed at improving productivity and health.

SNOLAB is an underground science laboratory specializing in neutrino and dark matter physics. SNOLAB is an expansion of the original facilities constructed for the Nobel Prize-winning Sudbut^ Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. While particle astrophysics is the principle focus for SNOLAB, there is a growing interest in other scientific fields to exploit the deep underground space and associated infrastructure.

The lab's experience and knowledge in gas control and handling systems used in dark matter experiments are being applied to help design a simple and easy-to-build medical ventilator, as part of the international MechanicafVentilator Milano* project.

The objective of the MVM collaboration is to design, develop, build and certify a safe ventilator that is powerful, yet gentle, on the lungs. It is a simple design, yet equipped with a sophisticated control system to offer the required ventilation modalities. The simplicity of the design, which is made possible by the MVM control system, allows for wide availability of parts, and rapid manufacturing in different countries.

The MVM Ventilator Collaboration operates in an open innovation framework to enable quick progress through ventilator design and testing, and to minimize the time required to get the ventilators manufactured and distributed to hospitals and patients. The cooperation of particle and nuclear physics laboratories across Canada, Italy, and the United Stateswill establish a common international standard for the machine, maximizing the benefits that come from the sharing of information.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 15 Sep 2020
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