SPACE — An underground physics laboratory with a depth of 2,400 meters began operating in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The laboratory started operating on Thursday (7/12/2023).
This research site is the deepest and largest underground laboratory in the world. Scientists believe the laboratory could provide a sterile space to pursue the invisible substance known as dark matter. According to scientists, the extreme depth helps block most of the cosmic rays that interfere with observations.
The laboratory, named The Deep Underground and Ultra-low Radiation Background Facility for Frontier Physics Experiments (DUDF), is located under Mount Jinping in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan. DURF has a total room capacity of 330,000 cubic meters. This laboratory is the second phase of the China Jinping Underground Laboratory.
DURF began construction in December 2020. DUFR was jointly built by Tsinghua University and Yalong River Hydropower Development Company, Ltd.
DURF will be a world-class interdisciplinary underground scientific research center. Here, researchers will integrate various scientific disciplines including particle physics, nuclear astrophysics and life sciences.
“Everything was built to facilitate China’s research development in relevant frontier fields,” said Yue Qian, a professor at Tsinghua University, as reported by Xinhua.
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