Physics Department News Archive

July 10, 2007

Homestake Site Selected for Deep Underground Lab

WASHINGTON, DC- The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced selection of a University of California-Berkeley proposal to produce a technical design for a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) at the former Homestake gold mine near Lead, S.D. The Homestake team, headed by Kevin Lesko, could receive up to $5 million per year for up to three years.

This is a significant piece of news for physics in South Dakota. If eventually built as envisioned by its supporters, the Homestake DUSEL would be the largest and deepest facility of its kind in the world. Augustana College's Particle Physics group, led by Dr. Drew Alton, is involved in laying the groundwork for the experiments that will eventually reside in the lab.

Read the complete text of the NSF press release.

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