DUNE underground detector from Sanford Research Facility to Fermilab

DUNE will be a third generation accelerator-based neutrino oscillation experiment, searching for CP violation in the neutrino sector

Imperial's prototype high pressure gas time projection chamber

This is the Imperial DUNE groups prototype high pressure gas time projection chamber, which is part of the group's R&D program for the DUNE near detectors

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is a leading-edge, international experiment for neutrino science and proton decay studies. Discoveries over the past half-century have put neutrinos, the most abundant matter particles in the universe, in the spotlight for further research into several fundamental questions about the nature of matter and the evolution of the universe — questions that DUNE will answer. DUNE will consist of two neutrino detectors complexes placed in the world’s most intense neutrino beam. One detector complex will record particle interactions near the source of the beam, at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. A second, much larger, detector complex will be installed more than a kilometer underground at the Sanford Underground Research Laboratory in Lead, South Dakota — 1,300 kilometers downstream of the source. These detectors will enable DUNE scientists to search for new subatomic phenomena that could transform our understanding of the universe and the role of neutrinos in it.

Could neutrinos be the reason that the universe is made of matter rather than antimatter? By exploring the phenomenon of neutrino oscillations, DUNE seeks to revolutionize our understanding of neutrinos and their role in the universe.

With the world’s largest cryogenic particle detector located deep underground, DUNE can search for signs of proton decay. This could reveal a relation between the stability of matter and the Grand Unification of forces, moving us closer to realizing Einstein’s dream.

DUNE’s observation of thousands of neutrinos from a core-collapse supernova in the Milky Way would allow us to peer inside a newly-formed neutron star and potentially witness the birth of a black hole.

Imperial contribution

Imperial scientists are involved in the far detector data acquisition, the design and construction of the high pressure gas TPC for the near detector, and in physics analysis.

People involved


All group members: Morgan Wascko, Alex Tapper, Ken Long, Jaroslaw Pasternak, Juergen Pozimski, Abbey Waldron, Patrick Dunne.