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.
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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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