Russian neutrino detector

Russian neutrino detector

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Caption: Neutrino detector. Physicist inspects scintillation detectors at the Baksan Neutrino Observatory (BNO) at Baksan in the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union. The wall at right is part of the Baksan Underground Scintillation Telescope (BUST), a 3000 cubic metre neutrino detector built 300m underground. The purpose of the experiment is to study solar neutrinos and thus the structure and dynamics of the Sun. Scintillation detectors work by picking up faint flashes of light caused when a fast-moving particle travels through the body of the telescope. By tracking which detectors fire, it is possible to reconstruct the velocity and energy of the incoming particle. Neutrino detectors are built underground to help filter out other cosmic ray particles. Photographed in 1969.

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