Headquarters of Gran Sasso Laboratory

Headquarters of Gran Sasso Laboratory

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Credit: TOMMASO GUICCIARDINI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The headquarters of the Gran Sasso Laboratory, Italy. It is the largest underground centre in the world aimed at studying the properties of sub- nuclear particles in astrophysical situations. The experiments involve the detection of neutrinos, emitted by the Sun and supernovae explosions, highly energetic particles in the cosmic rays, and magnetic monopoles (never seen so far). The laboratory lies under 1400m of rock which provides a shield equivalent to 3500m of water. This does not affect the flux of neutrinos but stops the low energetic particles in the cosmic rays, thereby easing the detection of the highly energetic ones.

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Keywords: cosmic ray, gran sass, gran sasso, gran sasso d'italia, gran sasso labora, gran sasso laboratory, italian, italy, mountain, neutrino astronomy, nuclear research, particle physics laboratory, particle research, underground research

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