The first antineutrino reactor using water was detected

Even before the experiment is complete SNO+ He succeeded in detecting the antineutrino signal in pure water, coming from the nuclear power plants at Bruce, Darlington and Pickering, located hundreds of kilometers from Sudbury.

To monitor nuclear reactors we have other possibilities, using plain water »

Quote from Clarence Fadila is a professor and researcher at Laurentian University.

Antineutrinos are by-products of the decay of a neutron into a proton and an electron in nuclear reactors.

The ability to monitor these particles suggests that neutrino detectors could be used to continuously monitor a reactor’s power output over great distances.

It is possible to build neutrino detectors with ultrapure water.

Obtaining pure water thanks to the underground laboratories:

At Vale’s Creighton Mine near Sudbury, SNOLAB’s SNO+ experiment is located two kilometers underground.

It is an experimental five-story vessel, currently filled with a flashing liquid (similar to mineral oil) that produces light when charged particles pass through it.


”This place provides an ideal environment with a low background for the study of very rare physical interactions. It’s also the cleanest laboratory in the world,” Clarence Virtue, professor and researcher at Laurentian University.

This discovery is a major factor in developing the ability to verify and monitor nuclear reactors around the world.

A detailed article on the SNO+ results will be published in the American Journal of Physics on March 9.

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